Fair Employment Act: Award for injury to feelings was excessive
This report relates to 1 case(s)
An award of £10,000 compensation for injury to feelings to a Roman Catholic applicant for a position with the Police Authority for Northern Ireland who suffered religious discrimination when he was not offered employment was excessive, holds the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in McConnell v Police Authority for Northern Ireland  IRLR 625. There was no ground for the Fair Employment Tribunal's assumption that discrimination on grounds of religious belief or political opinion in Northern Ireland merited a higher award than that appropriate in a comparable case of race or sex discrimination. Furthermore, the tribunal wrongly awarded aggravated damages as a separate head of compensation, and it was not entitled to take account of the Police Authority's attempt to defend the discrimination complaint as a factor capable of aggravating the damages, or to increase the compensation in recognition of the fact that the discrimination was by a public body.