Settlement Agreements

October 27th, 2022 by James Goudie KC

Part 10 of the Equality Act 2010 relates to contracts and other agreements, and collective agreements. Section 144 relates to contracting out. There is a general prohibition. However, there are exceptions from the prohibition. A “qualifying settlement agreement” will not be unenforceable. The meaning of “qualifying settlement agreement” is addressed in Section 147. A number of specified conditions must be met. These include that the contract must relate to “the particular complaint”. In BATHGATE v TECHNIP (2022) EAT 155 it is ruled that the words “the particular complaint” anticipate the existence of an actual complaint or circumstances where grounds for a complaint exist. They are not apt to describe a potential future complaint. It was held that the redundancy agreement in that case did not prevent a claim being made for age discrimination.

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