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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Sexual harassment and the City: change is in the air

A claim of sexual harassment currently being heard at employment tribunal could end up leading to significant changes of behaviour and culture among City firms


Prison officer was unfairly dismissed after revealing sexuality

15 Feb 2019

A prison officer who was subject to verbal and physical abuse over his sexual orientation was unfairly dismissed, an employment...

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88-year-old woman wins age discrimination case at tribunal

8 Feb 2019

An employment tribunal ruled this week that the dismissal of an 88-year-old medical secretary was unfair, and “tainted by discrimination”....

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HMRC shown red card as football club wins minimum wage case

7 Feb 2019

An employment appeal tribunal has found that Middlesbrough FC did not breach minimum wage legislation after deducting the costs of...

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Steep decline in race discrimination tribunal awards

4 Feb 2019

The average compensation awarded in workplace race discrimination cases fell by 14% over the past year, but the number of...

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Three-month tribunal time limit ‘not fit for purpose’

30 Jan 2019

The three-month limit for bringing claims in the employment tribunal is not fit for purpose and should be extended, the...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

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Redundancy procedure the key to successful unfair dismissal claim

4 Jan 2019

A pharmacy worker in Essex has won an unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal after the judge ruled that...

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Appeal tribunal rules in favour of hotel waiters over employment rights

4 Jan 2019

Three hotel staff who were dismissed shortly after their contracts of employment began have successfully argued that they should have...

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Christmas party choking incident leads to unfair dismissal ruling

7 Dec 2018

The manager of a club in Cardiff won an employment tribunal ruling for unfair dismissal after senior staff failed to...

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Employment tribunal hearing delays rise to seven months

27 Nov 2018

Employers had to wait almost seven months last year before a tribunal claim against them could be heard, as the...

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Co-op HR director wins equal pay and unfair dismissal claim

16 Nov 2018

A former Co-operative Group HR director has won her claim for equal pay and unfair dismissal against the company, following...

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Peeling onions led to unfair dismissal of woman with glaucoma

16 Nov 2018

A woman with a long-term eye condition, who lost her job at a food preparation firm after being asked to...

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EAT upholds decision that Addison Lee drivers are workers

14 Nov 2018

Addison Lee has lost its claim at the Employment Appeal Tribunal that its drivers were self-employed.
The EAT ruling today...

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Judge takes appeal to be recognised as ‘worker’ to the Supreme Court

13 Nov 2018

A judge who is attempting to be recognised as a “worker”, therefore entitling her to certain employment rights, is taking...

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