How do I sue my employer?
You might be asking this question because you have heard two words that nobody ever wants to hear at work…. ”You’re fired!”
There is no set definition as to what an “unfair” dismissal is however the law provides 5 reasons for potentially “fair” dismissals which are listed below: -
The average award in unfair dismissal cases is currently around £8,000. There is a cap on how much you can claim and that is the maximum of either 1 year (52 weeks) gross salary or £83,682. This cap increases each year usually in April. It is unlikely you will be entitled to the full amount as it will depend on the type of work you do and how difficult it will be to secure another job.
At present, there are no fees to bring a claim to the Employment Tribunal as there are in courts. The legal fees you are likely to incur will depend on the circumstances of your case but can be anything from between £500 - £30,000. The good news is that we can offer cases on a “no win no fee” basis if we think your case has more than 50% chance of success. Please contact us for more details and we would be happy to help.
In short, the answer to this is no. Unlike courts, there is no expenses awarded by the Tribunal when one party is successful. There is provision to make a “costs order” to the Tribunal which covers the situation where one party may be acting vexatiously (i.e. bringing a claim with no reasonable prospects of success) however these are extremely rare.
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