Making a claim to an employment tribunal

You might be able to make a claim to an employment tribunal if you have a problem at work that has not been resolved.

Before you make a claim, it’s a good idea to explore all options with your employer about how things can move forward. You can raise the problem with your employer informally, or as a formal grievance if that does not work.

Tell Acas you’re making a claim

If you want to make a claim to an employment tribunal, you must tell Acas first. You’ll be offered the option of ‘early conciliation’. This free service may help you and your employer resolve the issue before you need to make a claim. Making a claim to a tribunal can be time consuming and difficult for everyone involved.

Employment tribunal fees

You do not have to pay a fee to make a claim to an employment tribunal.

Time limits

There is normally a time limit for making a claim. For example, if you think your employer should not have made a deduction from your wages, you need to make a claim within 3 months of the deduction.

If you choose early conciliation with Acas, the ‘clock stops’ (time spent on early conciliation does not count towards the time limit for making a claim).

More information

You can find out more about employment tribunals from:

Making a claim to an employment tribunal