U.K. construction firms that are embroiled in a recent employment scandal that allegedly affected more than 3,000 people are now offering compensation payments through a settlement scheme that some lawyers have estimated to be worth thousands of pounds less than the victims might be entitled to at the end of an action pursued in court. An inquiry into the incident, which involved a hiring "blacklist", is ongoing and being conducted by MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee.
According to reports, a company known as The Consulting Association provided information to construction companies that often erroneously documented a potential employee's political involvement and trouble-making activities. Reports created by the association about potential employees were collated into a blacklist that was used by the constructions firms to prevent people from finding work in the industry. Eight of these companies have now offered quick settlements valued between £4,000 and £20,000 with a cap of £100,000 to those who can prove that they suffered discrimination due to use of the list.