Employment Tribunal fees deter four out of five employees pursuing claims

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etribSince the introduction of employment tribunal fees in July 2013, Citizens Advice report that four out of five employees who would otherwise have taken their employer to a tribunal are put off by the cost.

An employee wishing to take action against unfair treatment in the workplace or unfair dismissal faces fees of between £160 to £250 to issue a claim, and between £230 and £950 for a tribunal, which can bring the cost of making a claim to as high as £1200.

Citizens Advice found that of the people experiencing employment problems they surveyed, only 30% were aware that there was financial support available, leading the charity to call for better promotion of the support available, including a web based tool where people could check their eligibility.

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice said “The employment tribunal system is imbalanced against claimants. Fees are pricing people out of basic…

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