Employment Claims Process
Employment Claims FAQ
To make an employment claim against your employer (assuming you qualify to bring a claim) you need to submit an ET1 Form to your employers local employment tribunal.
Generally, you must submit your ET1 form within 3 months of your effective date of termination. It would be sensible to submit your ET1 well in advance of the 3 month time period to ensure your claim is not time barred.
The amount of compensation you can claim for will vary from case to case. However, the following average compensation awards were made in 2010/2011:
- Unfair Dismissal: £8,294
- Sex Discrimination: £13,911
- Age Discrimination: £30,289
- Race Discrimination: £12,108
- Disability Discrimination: £14,137
- Religious Discrimination: £8,515
You always have the option to represent yourself at an Employment Tribunal. However, employment law can be complex and time consuming and we would always suggest that you consider using the services of an employment solicitor or consultant.
Alternatively, if you are a member of a Trade Union you may be able to get representation at an Employment Tribunal from your Trader Union Representative.
If you choose to instruct an employment solicitor or consultant to represent you at an Employment Tribunal then they may charge you either on an hourly basis or on a Contingency Fee Basis. A Contingency Fee Agreement is effectively a No Win No Fee agreement, with your representative taking a cut off your compensation at the conclusion of the case. Generally, your representative will charge you around 25-35% of your compensation.
However, many representatives will expect you to pay any expenses of the case yourself. These are known as disbursements and include costs such as Court fees, Barrister’s Fees and Medical Records.
For more information on if you have an Employment Tribunal claim please see our Types of Employment Claim page. If after reading relevant section you feel you would like to make a claim please feel free to contact us via the contact form on the right hand side of the page.