Employment tribunals

Employment rights are enforced in the employment tribunal. For example, employment tribunals consider complaints of unfair dismissal and discrimination. Employment tribunals can also consider breach of contract claims if the value of the claim does not exceed £25,000.

Employment tribunal proceedings are started by the claimant completing and submitting an ET1 claim form within the required time limit. The ET3 response form is the employer's response to the claim form.

Fees are payable and an early conciliation process must be followed before an employment tribunal claim can proceed.


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Tesco report was not a valid job evaluation study, tribunal finds

15 Oct 2020

The campaign to gain equal pay for up to half a million supermarket workers received a setback yesterday at an employment tribunal.

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Ousted Oxford professor reinstated and awarded £30k

13 Oct 2020

An Oxford University professor who was forced to leave his job under a retirement age policy is to have his...

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Age Concern exec undermined by trustees wins £26k in compensation

6 Oct 2020

A former charity CEO has won more than £26,000 in compensation after being constructively dismissed from her role.
Gillian Smith...

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Tesco job report could speed up equal pay case

5 Oct 2020

A job evaluation study by Tesco allegedly showed jobs in stores and distribution centres were equal.

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‘I went to get a Covid-19 test and now I’ve lost my job’

5 Oct 2020

Worker in France who didn't know he had Covid-19 despite taking a test was dismissed for serious misconduct.

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Employment tribunal claims leap by a fifth during lockdown

2 Oct 2020

The Ministry of Justice has published its quarterly update on employment tribunal statistics revealing an 18% increase in single claims...

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Security guard called ‘honey’ by manager wins £10k in sex discrimination case

24 Sep 2020

The worker was repeatedly called ‘honey’ by her manager, had her hours reduced and was denied the ability to take paid holiday.

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Dismissed Lidl worker claims to follow ancient Hellenistic philosophy

24 Sep 2020

Stoicism – an ancient philosophy – is a protected characteristic, rules tribunal.

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Hotel wins record costs after claim from ‘duplicitous’ employee

22 Sep 2020

A hotel group has recouped £432,000 in legal costs following a vexatious claim by a former employee.
The award, for...

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Average wait time for tribunal stands at nine months, claim lawyers

21 Sep 2020

Employment tribunal claimants are now facing a nine-month wait for hearing – up 20% from last year.

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Train guard recorded ‘shooting his mouth off’ was unfairly dismissed

21 Sep 2020

Claimant had been covertly recorded by a colleague 'holding forth on strike breakers and Conservative voters'.

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Christian school worker sacked for sex education views seeks £56k

21 Sep 2020

A Christian school assistant is taking her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked over Facebook posts in...

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More employment tribunals to go virtual in raft of changes

17 Sep 2020

The government is relaxing the rules around employment tribunals to allow more hearings to be held online in an effort...

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