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UK academics have been awarded thousands and thousands of kilos in compensation from colleges final 12 months after struggling “appalling remedy”, a union has claimed.

The NASUWT academics’ union stated its members had acquired £14.9m over the previous 12 months on account of assaults, accidents and discrimination at work.

One trainer acquired £10,000 after being racially abused greater than a dozen instances in 18 months, the NASUWT stated.

The Division for Schooling stated colleges had a “obligation” to guard employees.

The union additionally reported 54-year-old disabled member of educating employees acquired £45,000 after being dismissed for querying the failure to place in place affordable changes to allow him to do his job.

He had a number of disabilities, together with a type of arthritis, hypertension, gout and diabetes, which the employer was conscious of.

Different circumstances included members experiencing assaults from pupils, discriminatory practices associated to pregnancy-related and flexible-working requests, race discrimination and discrimination based mostly on age, sexual orientation and faith or perception.

A DfE spokeswoman stated: “No trainer ought to face discrimination or ill-treatment within the office.

“Nearly all of colleges present protected and affordable working environments for educating employees, and it is essential that they continue to be as such.”

Regardless of successful monetary compensation for a lot of of its members, the NASUWT stated it believed the recorded circumstances of abuse have been “solely the tip of the iceberg”.

It added: “Typically the cash awarded doesn’t compensate for the truth that a trainer’s bodily or psychological well being might have been affected they usually can not work of their chosen career.”