It is sometimes difficult to know where to pursue a claim. The rule of thumb is to check first to see whether the problem is covered by the list of issues dealt with by employment tribunals . You should then get some expert help.
A trade union will have expertise in assessing your problem and looking for redress in the right place. If you are not a union member, you could take independent legal advice – perhaps from your local Citizens Advice or Law Centre . However, if you have no support from a trade union, you are likely to face considerable legal costs.
If you think you may want to bring a legal claim, it is important to act very quickly to check the legal position. Employment tribunal time limits are very short – normally just three months.