You only have THREE MONTHS less one day to complain about a DISMISSAL or incident of bad treatment at work. Hence, if you are sworn at by your manager on 5 MAY or dismissed by that manager on that same day, you must make your ET claim by 4 AUGUST. Moreover, you must complain about the problem or dismissal to ACAS and obtain an EARLY CONCILIATION certificate from them BEFORE you can make the ET claim. So it is always a good idea to take legal advice as soon as possible.
It costs about £30,000 plus vat to run an ET claim from start to finish. Most workers cannot afford that. Moreover, in the ET you do not recover these costs even if you WIN your claim. Further, there are now also ET FEES to pay of up to £1,200.
join a trade union. They should fund your legal claim for you.
Take out Home Contents insurance which has LEGAL EXPENSES cover for employment disputes. Try to get cover which starts immediately rather than with a 90 day exclusion clause.
Many lawyers offer no win, no fee agreements or capped/fixed fees which minimise the amount of fees you have to pay before any settlement is made or ET award is obtained.
There may be a trade union which is known to provide a good service in your industry or area of work. If not, you could try
There are many good solicitors acting in the employment field, including the law firm which sponsors this website – Equal Justice Ltd (link). For larger firms over, 5 lawyers in size the Chambers & Partners guide lists the top recommended firms [link]
Remember that most Home Contents insurance and some Motor insurance policies often offer pay your solicitor’s legal expenses (up to £50,000) in providing you with advice and representation at Employment Tribunals. If you do not have this, obtain it now, if you believe that you will face dismissal or further harassment or Problems at Work in the future. The insurance will also pay for your ET fees.
If you are unemployed or on sick leave or on a low income you may qualify for FREE legal help from the Government. To see if you qualify you must ring the LEGAL GATEWAY on (tel no) [link]
some Law Centres [link] and Citizen Advice Bureaux [link] offer FREE initial advice eon employment disputes.
The Free Representation Unit [link] and Bar Pro Bono Unit [link]