Equality and Employment Law Centre and the Centre for Research in Employment and Work at Greenwich University launch a new report on whistleblowers who also experience discrimination at work.
This new research report finds that whistleblowers who also suffer workplace discrimination fare worse at Employment Tribunal, are less likely to have legal representation, more likely to lose their case and experience inequality of arms.
The report highlights the obstacles claimants face at Employment Tribunal and the importance of equal representation. All too often the claimant has poorer representation than the employer and this leads to lower chances of success. Importantly, we show the negative impact being a litigant in person has on outcomes, especially for more complex cases where more types of discrimination are claimed in combination with the whistleblowing claim.
The report calls for legal aid to address the imbalance of power in Employment Tribunals. We go further in highlighting the need for immediate action to create early advice available to all claimants to reduce claims in the system legal aid for all claimants in the employment tribunal system` an increase in the time limit of claims to six months in line with equal pay claims and discrimination claims brought in the civil courts organisational training and development to educate employers about their legal obligations.
We will use the evidence in the report to champion the need for radical reform to create a system that works and can deliver justice in a sustainable way that is future proof.
You can download the Whistleblowing and Discrimination report here >