Employment Tribunals and TfL/LUL

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-07-14
Session date: 
July 14, 2010
Reference: 
2010/2538
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In the last recorded year for which data is available on how many occasions has TfL and LUL been taken to an employment tribunal by a current or former employee?

Please break down this data to show how many were for sexual or racial discrimination.

How many of all cases were settled out of court/tribunal? How many claimants were successful against TfL or LUL and on how many cases did the Tribunal find in favour of TfL/LUL and against the complainant? How many are still ongoing?

How many complaints of workplace bullying or harassments were taken to employment tribunal against TfL or LUL during the same period and what was the outcome of these cases?

Answer

Answer for Employment Tribunals and TfL/LUL

Answer for Employment Tribunals and TfL/LUL

Answered By: 
The Mayor

For the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, there were 167 Employment Tribunal claims lodged against TfL/LUL.

Of these claims, 62 were either withdrawn by the claimant or struck out by the Employment Tribunal, 10 claims were determined in TfL/LUL's favour, 21 claims were settled and two claims were successful. The remaining 72 cases are on-going.

TfL/LUL record cases in accordance with the categories of claim which it is possible to bring under employment law but not, for example, whether a claim is brought by a current or former employee. Claimants frequently bring claims raising a variety of issues and some claimants bring more than one claim. Of the claims commenced between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010, 26 cases included a claim of sex discrimination and 53 included a claim of race discrimination although some cases involved both.

The number of Employment Tribunal claims brought against TfL/LUL should be seen in the context of its 26,000 employees, the significant rise in the level of Employment Tribunal claims nationally and the current economic climate.

TfL proactively and robustly manages its Tribunal claims and looks to learn lessons from cases whenever possible.