According to data gained via a Freedom Of Information request, a total of £379,125 went on payments to settle cases at employment tribunals in 2009/10, while £203,627 plus VAT was spent by the corporation on external lawyers' fees, reports PA.
The BBC also had to pay £24,386 plus VAT towards one claimant's legal costs, bringing the total bill for licence fee payers to £607,138, plus tax of around £34,000.
Last year, 33 employees brought tribunal cases against the BBC, of which 22 were settled, five were withdrawn or dismissed and four are still ongoing. One case was won in full by the BBC and another was partially won by the claimant.
The most high profile case was that of former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly, who claims that she was the victim of age and sex discrimination after being dropped from the show when it was revamped for primetime. The BBC denies the allegations and the tribunal panel has opted to reserve its judgment on the case.
A spokesman for the corporation said: "The BBC is a responsible employer and cases of employment tribunal claims being upheld against us are extremely rare.
"On occasion we have chosen to reach a quick settlement rather than incur expensive legal costs in order to make best use of licence fee payers' money."