In 2003, the Court of Appeal set out guidelines for the amount of compensation to be awarded for injury to feelings in the case Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No 2). Three bands of potential awards were set out, now known as Vento bands.
For claims presented on or after 6 April 2019, the Vento bands are as follows:
In exceptional cases the amount awarded may exceed the upper band.
Employers should be aware of the amount of compensation which may be awarded in discrimination or whistleblowing cases, if an employee makes a successful claim for damages for injury to feelings.
Whilst presidential guidance is not binding, it is important to remember the tribunal must have regard to it and it would be highly unusual for such guidance to be disregarded.