Sheriff v Klyne Tugs (Lowestoft) Ltd: CA 24 Jun 1999

The Claimant complained to an industrial tribunal of unlawful racial discrimination. He had suffered a nervous breakdown and was certified as unfit for work due to stress. The employer had compromised all claims justiciable by the Employment tribunal.
Held: The employment tribunal had similar powers to the county court when hearing cases alleging the tort of racial discrimination, and the employment tribunal therefore had the power to award damages for personal injuries suffered because of the tort. Having claimed at the industrial tribunal it was therefore an abuse of process to bring a later claim on the same facts in the county court for damages the ET could have awarded. Section 57(4) adds a head of injury for which compensation is payable since at common law a claimant cannot as a rule recover damages for injuries for feelings, save in defamation and false imprisonment.


Stuart Smith LJ


Gazette 07-Jul-1999, Times 08-Jul-1999, [1999] EWCA Civ 1663, [1999] ICR 1170, [1999] IRLR 481




Race Relations Act 1976 56 57(4)


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedJohnson v Gore Wood and Co HL 14-Dec-2000
Shareholder May Sue for Additional Personal Losses
A company brought a claim of negligence against its solicitors, and, after that claim was settled, the company’s owner brought a separate claim in respect of the same subject-matter.
Held: It need not be an abuse of the court for a shareholder . .
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Discrimination, Damages

Updated: 21 January 2023; Ref: scu.136028