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Compensation - injury to feelings

Under the Equality Act 2010, compensation for injury to feelings may be awarded in discrimination cases. In Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No.2) [2003] IRLR 102 CA (decided under the repealed Sex Discrimination Act 1975) the Court of Appeal set out three bands of compensation for injury to feelings, depending on the seriousness of the case. The three bands have since been updated, most recently by Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039, where the Court of Appeal ruled that injury to feelings awards should be uplifted by 10%1, so that with effect from 1 April 2013 the up-to-date values of the three bands, which are still referred to as the "Vento" guidelines, are: