Equality Act 2004

New section 37A.

63.—The Act of 2000 is amended by inserting the following section after section 37:

““Award of expenses.

37A.—(1) Without prejudice to section 37, the Director may, if of opinion that a person is obstructing or impeding an investigation, order that the person pay to another person a specified amount in respect of the travelling or other expenses incurred by that other person in connection with the investigation.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), expenses shall not be payable in respect of the attendance at the investigation of any person representing a complainant or respondent.

(3) The amount of any expenses ordered to be paid under this section may be recovered as a simple contract debt.”.