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Feeling worried about a situation at work, or want to know if something that happened to you might be illegal?

We've got you covered.

What to do in the first 24 hours after you’ve lost your job

Losing your job, especially unexpectedly, can be a hard adjustment. Learn how you can set yourself up for success within the first 24 hours of losing your job.

Settlement agreements - what they are, and how to get one

Are you thinking about entering into a settlement agreement with your employer? Learn what exactly a settlement agreement is, and how to get one.

How to get a good deal in a settlement agreement

When trying to reach a settlement agree with your employer, it can be difficult to know if you're getting a good deal. Learn how to get a good settlement agreement.

How to disclose evidence in an Employment Tribunal claim

In an Employment Tribunal claim, you will usually be asked to send your evidence documents to your employer. Learn how to disclose evidence in a Tribunal claim.

Collecting evidence for Tribunal: what can I use, and what should I watch out for?

Good evidence is the backbone of any Tribunal claim. Learn where to look for evidence, what mistakes you could make and what you should be careful using at Tribunal.

What evidence do I need for my Employment Tribunal claim?

Strong evidence is key to succeeding in your Employment Tribunal claim. Learn what documents you need to start building your case for a Tribunal claim.

37 documents you may encounter during your Employment Tribunal claim (and what they mean)

Here are 37 documents you might encounter during your Employment Tribunal journey and when they might come up.

How to keep yourself well when you're running your own Employment Tribunal case

Taking your employer to Tribunal can be physically and mentally draining. Here are five practical ways to keep yourself well while going through the Tribunal process.

I’ve been dismissed because I took steps to avoid Covid - what are my rights?

If you refuse to do something at work because you believe it puts your health at risk from Covid and then you’re dismissed, what are your rights?

Employment Tribunal isn’t like the telly - here are 7 differences that may surprise you

Will your Tribunal be like Judge Rinder, Suits, or Better Call Saul? Learn the difference between reality and telly when it comes to Employment Tribunals.

Treated unfairly at work? Here’s how to show your employer you mean business

When you’re treated badly at work and want your employer to make it right, it’s hard to know what to do next. Learn how to show your employer you mean business.

Five tough feelings you may encounter during the Employment Tribunal process (and why they are normal)

Representing yourself at Employment Tribunal can be an emotional process. Here are the key emotions that people feel as they go through the process.

Can I be forced back into the office after remote working?

For many of us, the thought of returning to an office environment might be worrying. Can your employer force you to?

Manage your case like a lawyer: what great project management looks like for Employment Tribunals

The key to success at Employment Tribunal is great project management - not having a good solicitor. Learn 5 ways to manage your case like a lawyer.

What to do if you’ve been underpaid

Does your employer owe you money, or is your hourly rate too low? We look at the different ways you can be underpaid and explain how to get your money back.

What is the law around working hours and what does it mean for you?

It's not uncommon to work more than what you're contractually obligated to do. Understand your rights around work hours to recognise if you're being overworked.

Two real cases of indirect sex discrimination at work and how things turned out

Sex discrimination can be quite subtle. Here's a few examples of indirect sex discrimination brought to Employment Tribunals in the past.

How much time do I have? Deadlines and timescales around Employment Tribunals

If you’re thinking about making a claim in the Employment Tribunal, you’ll need to move quickly. Learn about some of the key time requirements for a Tribunal claim.

What is workplace harassment and how is it different from bullying?

Bullying, harassment and discrimination have distinct meanings in UK law. Learn the differences, so you can gather the best evidence to defend yourself.

Two real cases of dress code discrimination and how they won their cases

Dress codes can unintentionally discriminate employees based on a protected characteristic. We look at a few examples of dress code discrimination cases.

What is victimisation at work?

In the UK, there are laws to protect you from being disadvantaged because you’ve stood up against discrimination. Learn about victimisation now.

Two real examples of direct age discrimination and what happened next

We look at a couple of different examples of direct age discrimination that have been brought to the Employment Tribunal, and why the claims failed or succeeded.

What are my rights returning to work after maternity leave?

Pregnancy and maternity is a protected characteristic under UK law, but discrimination still happens. We answer some common questions surrounding maternity leave.

Two real examples of subtle disability discrimination at work and what happened next

Disability discrimination is not always direct and obvious. We’ll look at some less obvious disability discrimination claims and why the arguments succeeded.

What is the difference between direct and indirect discrimination?

The Equality Act 2010 classifies “direct” and “indirect” discrimination separately. Learn how to identify the different types of discrimination to hep your case.

Two real examples of racism at work and what happened next

In this article, we look at two real UK examples of direct race discrimination claims. We explore which arguments were successful, which failed, and why.

Three real examples of workplace whistleblowing and what happened next

Not sure if you've been fired due to whistleblowing? To help you understand whistleblowing, we look at three different examples brought to the Employment Tribunal.

When can I claim constructive dismissal?

If you've resigned or thinking of resigning because of a toxic culture or bad workplace behaviour, learn how you could potentially claim constructive dismissal.

I’ve been dismissed: what are my rights?

If you’ve lost your job, your first thought might be “was it fair”? In this article, we’ll help you understand if your dismissal was lawful and explain your rights.

How to fill in your ET1 Employment Tribunal claim form

The ET1 form is the first step in your Employment Tribunal case. It’s important to get it right to help save yourself time and hassle.

Your employer’s legal obligations when you file a tribunal claim

Taking your employer to an Employment Tribunal? Or just thinking about it? Learn what you can legally expect from your employer when filing a claim.

What can I ask for when I raise a grievance?

If you raise a formal grievance at work, you should always think about what you want the outcome to be. Here are some possible solutions to common grievances.

How to raise a formal grievance

Raising a formal grievance can help resolve work issues or be the first step for an Employment Tribunal case. Learn the best ways to approach your grievance letter.

The 9 protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 protects people against discrimination. The Act lists 9 ‘protected characteristics’ including age, gender, race, disability, religion and more.

How to support friends having a tough time at work

Helping your friend or family member through work-related issues can be tricky. Find out how best you can support them during these tough times.

5 Examples of workplace behaviour that’s not okay

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect at work. If you are worried about how you are being treated, here are just a few examples of behaviour that is not ok.

Healthy vs. toxic work environments: understanding the difference

Are you going through a bad time at work or is it just a bad place to work? Learn the differences between a healthy or toxic workplace culture.

Your employer's obligations when you have a grievance at work

When you're dealing with a difficult situation at work, it's hard to know what to expect from your employer. Learn the typical procedure for raising a grievance.