Complaints to the Equality Tribunal on grounds of racial discrimination increased by 106 per cent last year, the body’s annual report revealed today.
There was a 44 per cent increase overall in employment equality claims in 2007 and an 11 per cent increase in equal status claims.
Employment-related claims now account for a total of four-fifths of the tribunal’s new business.
Amounts totalling €461,816 (excluding equal pay and pay arrears etc.) were awarded in compensation where discrimination was found. The average award was €14,431 compared to €10,113 in 2006.