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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 [1997] 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.