Making your claim
Getting used to the terminology can be difficult... but that's why you've got us.
SUBMITTING YOUR CLAIM FORM (ET1)
You will have supplied us with all of the detail and information that we need so your claim has been prepared and submitted, initially by letter to your employer and then the claim form (ET1) to the employment tribunal.
The Employment Tribunal Rules provide tribunals with their own terminology, so:
- you will make a "claim" on form ET1 and will be referred to as the "claimant", and
- your employer will submit a "response" (its defence) on form ET3 and will be referred to as the "respondent".
Once the tribunal has accepted your claim form (ET1), it will send a copy to the Respondent,who will then have 28 days to submit its defence (on a form ET3) to the tribunal. TSP will be identified as your representative, and therefore all future correspondence from the tribunal will be sent to us and not to you.
When the respondent presents its response (ET3) a copy of this will be sent to us. An employment judge will then review both the ET1 and the ET3 to decide the most appropriate steps to be taken in preparation for the full hearing.
Once you know when your tribunal hearing will take place, we recommend that you arrange to spend a morning or afternoon at a tribunal hearing (with your witnesses, if possible). You will then know what to expect and this will hopefully make you all feel more comfortable about the process.