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.


Senior female executive who refused to socialise with male team loses sex discrimination claim

Fellow workers claimed she was “dictatorial” and lacked respect for colleagues.

Lecturer called ‘mad as a box of frogs’ wins constructive dismissal claim

30 Jun 2020

A former university lecturer has successfully brought a constructive unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal after the education establishment...

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What impact would the return of tribunal fees have?

29 Jun 2020

There have been whispers about a potential return of employment tribunal fees as the courts wade through a backlog of...

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Financial whistleblower wins £75k payout in sex discrimination case

25 Jun 2020

Female compliance worker been subjected to sex discrimination after raising concerns about potential financial malpractice.

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Government could bring back tribunal fees, reports suggest

15 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice is looking at reinstating tribunal fees for workers bringing claims, according to The Times newspaper.

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Worker awarded compensation after missed antenatal check-up

15 Jun 2020

IT finance analyst is awarded £4,000 in a case involving attitudes to sickness, workloads, mental health and pregnancy.

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Directors’ liabilities in the post-coronavirus workplace

4 Jun 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed directors to a new level of vulnerability and liability, writes Ivor Adair.

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DWP employee called ‘racist’ for remarking on Wales’ wet weather

28 May 2020

A former Department for Work and Pensions employee who was found to be a victim of age and race discrimination...

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Investigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkit

27 May 2020

Employers are turning their attention to a host of novel HR issues coming over the horizon.

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‘Rife’ furlough fraud being revealed by whistleblowers

22 May 2020

Firms have been putting staff on furlough then asking them to work, sometimes telling them they'll be sacked if they refuse.

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Tube worker wins £14k after dismissal delays

19 May 2020

A London Underground worker sacked for sexual harassment has been awarded £14,500 for his employer’s failure to conduct a timely...

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

13 May 2020

Leeds Teaching hospital case casts fresh light on organisations vulnerability to discriminatory decisions.

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Firms face legal ‘minefield’ when staff return to work

12 May 2020

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal risks when they bring staff back into the workplace, especially if they ask workers...

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HMRC shown red card as referee judgment gives pause for thought on IR35

7 May 2020

An appeal judgment with major ramifications for self-employed workers and IR35 has been made in the upper tribunal that has...

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European court issues worker status clarification in Yodel case

1 May 2020

The European Court of Justice has provided some clarification around how ‘worker’ status is defined under EU law, but has...

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