By: Simon B
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When it comes to enforcing your rights over employment issues, employment tribunals, not courts, are the bodies that make most of the decisions. You may want to take action against your boss for many reasons, including the most common one: unfair dismissal.
Although tribunals were set up to allow employees and employers to represent themselves, they’ve become very legalistic and employers usually hire solicitors. That makes it all the more difficult for you to win your case without representation. Talk to your union representative or your local CAB or Law Centre before starting your claim. You need to get advice right at the start so that you don’t leave any vital information out when you fill in the forms to start the process. In most cases, you need to start your claim within three months of the event that led to it.
Often, you’ve already lost your job before you make your claim or making a claim makes it difficult to work with your employer again. Don’t let the problem get that far if you can avoid it. Talk to your union or a Citizens Advice Bureau or Law Centre about your rights at work and see whether you can resolve the issue informally with your boss – with the help of the union rep or an adviser, or through the employer’s grievance procedure – before it’s too late.