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Your case is started when you (the Claimant) send your case against your Employer (the Respondent) to the Employment Tribunal Service either online or by post. Your case is called a “claim”, and you present it on the approved form which is known as the ET1 form. Your Employer responds to your claim on the ET3 response form.
You can access the on-line ET1 form HERE. Forms submitted on-line are processed much faster than those that are posted.
You can print off a hard copy ET1 form HERE . If you submit your claim by post, it is your responsibility to make sure that it has been received by the Employment Tribunal Service.
It is compulsory for you to submit your problem for ACAS Early Conciliation before you start your Employment Tribunal Claim. You can only submit your case after you have been given a Conciliation Certificate by ACAS.
Everything in the Employment Tribunal is done in accordance with the Employment Tribunal Procedure Rules. Your presentation of your claim must adhere to these rules or your claim may be thrown out.
The claim form comes with guidance notes and everything that is marked with an asterisk must be completed. If you are completing the claim form on-line, the sections will appear in a series of screens. You can’t move to the next screen until you have completed the compulsory sections on the screen that you are on. The on-line form is not labelled as below, but the information required is the same.
This section is compulsory. Fill in your personal details, and tell the Tribunal how you want them to communicate with you.
This section is not compulsory. You will find the information required here on your employment contract and dismissal letter (if you have been dismissed). If you are not certain write…”to be confirmed”.
This section is not compulsory. You will find the information required here on your pay slip and employment contract.
If you have got a new job, say so in this section but it is not compulsory. You will have to tell the Tribunal what efforts you have made to find a new job.
Select all that apply. If you are claiming more than one type of discrimination select them, for example sex, AND pregnancy and maternity discrimination AND unfair dismissal. If you are owed payments that are not supplied in the form, select “other payments”.
If section 4.1 applies to you, fill in the details in the large box.
Remember that you must elaborate on the details of any claim that you select in 8.1. Ticking the box is not enough. You must provide full details in box 8.2
This is where you state what happened to you, and what you would like the Employment Tribunal to do for you. You don’t need to write a treatise here. Just state what happened in numbered paragraphs. If you complete your form on-line, you can write what you need to say as a separate document, save in Rich Text Format (RTF) and simply upload it. There are instructions on how to do this on the on-line form.
If you are posting your claim, you can attach the details of your claim as a separate document. Write “attached” in the space, then print it off and attach it to the claim form. You can also write directly in the box.
Select all that apply in section 9.1
Section 9.2 is not compulsory but if you are claiming other things such as notice pay, or unpaid annual leave that are not provided in section 9.1, just list them here. You will supply the full calculation of the compensation you are claiming in your schedule of loss, so just write “to be supplied” and then send in your schedule of loss when the Tribunal requests it at the preliminary hearing.
This section applies to whistleblowing claims. So check the box if your claim is about whistleblowing although it is not compulsory to do so. If you do the Employment Tribunal will forward a copy of your claim to any relevant regulator.
Name and contact details of your representative. If you are representing yourself write “Self-represented ” in section 11.1
Let the Tribunal know if you have a disability and what assistance you need. You can continue in section 15, if there is not enough space here.
You must not repeat what you have already stated, but use this space for any relevant issues that you did not have the space for in the form. You can also attach additional sheets to your claim form. The on-line form allows you to upload additional documents in rich text format.
The final pages are the diversity monitoring form which is not compulsory.
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