Employment Tribunal

What is an Employment Tribunal?  An Employment Tribunal (also known as an Industrial Tribunal) is a form of court that hears complaints and makes decisions on employment issues such as unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, redundancy payment and discrimination.

Outcomes from an Employment Tribunal will vary from case to case and can include reinstatement or compensation.

An Employment Tribunal must act independently and cannot offer legal advice.  If you are seeking to take a case to an Employment Tribunal, you should consider obtaining the services of a specialist Employment Lawyer. If you are a member of a Trade Union or a similar organisation - you will probably find that they are best placed to advise you about whether you have a case and, if so, how to go about progressing a case.

Before taking a case to the Employment Tribunal, you should ensure that the issue has been clearly presented to your employers and make reasonable attempts to resolve the issue.  The employer should be given at least a month to take suitable action.  The Employment Tribunal process can be lengthy, often cases are resolved before the tribunal.  Costs or Expenses for the Employment Tribunal are normally paid by each party - if your are successful, you may find that your employer is required to pay your costs, but this is not usually the case - only about 1% of cases and a third of these actually awarded costs to the employer.

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