Taking action against an employer can be a daunting prospect, with significant financial and emotional implications.
Consequently, such action should only be taken after considering all other methods of dispute resolution, such as discussing the matter with the employer directly and using their formal grievance procedures, or involving Acas in the mediation process.
It is important that these steps are taken, as each party in the Employment Tribunal will be assessed on their behaviour in handling the grievance, with the amount of compensation potentially increased or decreased by 25 percent dependent on the actions of both parties.
Once an application has been received, the claim will move forward via a series of multi-hearings which will decide what evidence should be heard and the time limits of the claim.
At the final hearing, the three members of the Employment Tribunal will listen to and review the evidence from both parties and any witnesses before making their decision. This could result in you receiving your old job back, a new job with the same employer or compensation – although the decision can be appealed against at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).
Before starting any proceedings against your former employer, it is vital that you seek dedicated legal advice from solicitors who specialise in employment law. At Pearson Rowe, we can advise you on whether you are eligible to make a claim and support you throughout the whole process.
For more information on any of the high quality legal services provided by our employment law solicitors in Birmingham, please contact us.