How to take a case to an employment tribunal

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As a working mum with flexible work arrangements you have certain employment rights. And there may come an occasion where you feel that your employer hasn’t recognised or allowed those rights, and have been unable to resolve the situation internally.

In these situations you may consider taking your case to an employment tribunal.

When you can take a case to an employment tribunal

An employment tribunal will deal with issues like:

  • Unfair dismissal.
  • Discrimination.
  • Unfair deductions from your pay.

You usually need to apply to take your case to an employment tribunal within three months of the problem happening or the end of your employment.

Getting advice on resolving your case

Before you take your case to an employment tribunal you need to follow your company’s grievance procedures to try to resolve the issue. You can also get advice from ACAS.

You may decide to get legal advice before making your claim. If you have a trade union, find out if they can help you to pay for a solicitor.

If your claim involves discrimination, the Equality Advisory and Support Service can help you.

You can also get general advice on the process of taking a claim to an employment tribunal from the employment tribunal enquiry line on 08457 959 775.

Taking your case to the tribunal

Once you have decided that taking your case to an employment tribunal is the right option, you need to fill in a claim form to apply to the tribunal.

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