What happens when I have filled the employment tribunal form in?

First the tribunal office checks your Form ET1. It will be rejected if:

  • you haven't used Form ET1;
  • you haven't supplied an accurate Acas Early Conciliation Certificate number;
  • information is missing – for example your employer's name and address;
  • the tribunal has no power to consider it; or
  • the claim is in a form that "cannot sensibly be responded to or is otherwise an abuse of process".

You will be given 14 days to ask for the decision to reject your claim to be reconsidered.

Assuming your claim is not rejected, a copy will be sent to your employer who is invited to respond to it using Form ET3 to set out their defence. A copy also goes to Acas.

Bear in mind that the employer sees everything you have written on your form, as does the tribunal judge or panel, so be clear, accurate and polite!

The Citizens Advice website has helpful information to help you fill in the form.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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