What powers do employment tribunals have under the Equality Act 2010 to make recommendations to employers?

Section 124 of the Equality Act 2010 gives employment tribunals the power to issue recommendations where an individual has brought a successful discrimination claim against his or her employer.

A tribunal can recommend that, within a specified time period, the employer take certain steps to reduce the adverse effect on the claimant of any matter to which the tribunal proceedings relate. For example, a tribunal could recommend that the employer organise training for a manager found to have victimised the claimant.

Prior to 1 October 2015, tribunals could also make recommendations that would benefit other people, for example the wider workforce or job applicants, not just the claimant personally. The power to make wider recommendations has been repealed in relation to claims brought on or after 1 October 2015.