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How to Complete the Employment Tribunal Claim Form (ET1)

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The Employment Tribunal Claim Form

Your case is started when you (the Claimant) send your case against your Employer (the Respondent) to the Employment Tribunal Service either online or by post. Your case is called a “claim”, and you present it on the approved form which is known as the ET1 form. Your Employer responds to your claim on the ET3 response form.

You can access the on-line ET1 form HERE. Forms submitted on-line are processed much faster than those that are posted.

You can print off a hard copy ET1 form HERE . If you submit your claim by post, it is your responsibility to make sure that it has been received by the Employment Tribunal Service.

See: Make a claim to an Employment Tribunal  and  Presidential Practice Direction: Presentation of claims

ACAS Early Conciliation

It is compulsory for you to submit your problem for ACAS Early Conciliation before you start your Employment Tribunal Claim.  You can only submit your case after you have been given a Conciliation Certificate by ACAS.

See: Early Conciliation, how it works

Employment Tribunal Procedure Rules

Everything in the Employment Tribunal is done in accordance with the Employment Tribunal Procedure Rules. Your presentation of your claim must adhere to these rules or your claim may be thrown out.

Completing the Claim Form

The claim form comes with guidance notes and everything that is marked with an asterisk must be completed. If you are completing the claim form on-line, the sections will appear in a series of screens. You can’t move to the next screen until you have completed the compulsory sections on the screen that you are on. The on-line form is not labelled as below, but the information required is the same.

Section 1 -1.10 – Personal Details

This section is compulsory. Fill in your personal details, and tell the Tribunal how you want them to communicate with you.

Section 2.1 -2.2: Respondents Details

  • This section is compulsory. Fill in your Employer’s details. Make sure you have the correct name or your claim will be struck out.
  • Write the name of the company or organisation that you work for (not the owners or the managing director’s name). Make sure you have the correct name of the company or organisation. Check your Employment Contract and use Companies House Webcheck service to make sure that the name is correct.
  • If your Employer is a sole proprietor, enter the individuals name in this section, then in brackets (trading as… [name of the business]).
  • If it is a partnership, name the partnership. The use of the name of the partnership in legal proceedings is effectively, shorthand for the names of all the partners.
  • If your Employer is an unincorporated association like a club, you must list all members of the management committee, or the Chairman and Secretary.
  • Fill in your Employer’s address including a full postcode.  You must use your Employer’s registered address. This may be different from where you work. Check your Employment Contract or any company letter heads to find the right address. You can also run a company search on the Companies House Webcheck service to make sure that the address is correct.

Section 2.3

  • You should have your ACAS Conciliation Certificate before you file your claim. If you do, select yes and write your ACAS Early conciliation certificate number in the box below. Your conciliation certificate number will start with an R. Select one of the four boxes below if any of them apply.
  • 2.4 – This is where you write the address of where you worked if it is different from your Employer’s registered address in 2.2
  • 2.5 to 2.8 – If you are suing other people or organisations as well, you should list them here.
  • 3.1 – If you have other colleagues who you know are suing your Employer for the same or similar issue, you can write that here. If not just select NO.
  • 4.1 – If you were not employed by any of the Respondents you have named but are making a claim for some reason connected to employment (for example, relating to a job application which you made or against a trade union, qualifying body or the like) state the type of claim you are making here. You can provide the details in section 8.1.

Section 5 – Employment Details

This section is not compulsory. You will find the information required here on your employment contract and dismissal letter (if you have been dismissed). If you are not certain write…”to be confirmed”.

Section 6 – Earnings and Benefits

This section is not compulsory. You will find the information required here on your pay slip and employment contract.

Section 7 – New Job

If you have got a new job, say so in this section but it is not compulsory. You will have to tell the Tribunal what efforts you have made to find a new job.

See Employment Tribunal Mitigation Statement Template

Section 8.1 – Type and Details of Claim

Select all that apply. If you are claiming more than one type of discrimination select them, for example sex, AND pregnancy and maternity discrimination AND unfair dismissal. If you are owed payments that are not supplied in the form, select “other payments”.

If section 4.1 applies to you, fill in the details in the large box.

Remember that you must elaborate on the details of any claim that you select in 8.1. Ticking the box is not enough. You must provide full details in box 8.2

Section 8.2 – Background and Details of Your Claim

This is where you state what happened to you, and what you would like the Employment Tribunal to do for you. You don’t need to write a treatise here. Just state what happened in numbered paragraphs. If you complete your form on-line, you can write what you need to say as a separate document, save in Rich Text Format (RTF) and simply upload it. There are instructions on how to do this on the on-line form.

If you are posting your claim, you can attach the details of your claim as a separate document. Write “attached” in the space, then print it off and attach it to the claim form. You can also write directly in the box.

Section 9 – What Do You Want if Your Claim Is Successful?

Select all that apply in section 9.1

Section 9.2 is not compulsory but if you are claiming other things such as notice pay, or unpaid annual leave that are not provided in section 9.1, just list them here.  You will supply the full calculation of the compensation you are claiming in your schedule of loss, so just write “to be supplied” and then send in your schedule of loss when the Tribunal requests it at the preliminary hearing.

Section 10 – Information to Regulators in Protected Disclosure Cases

This section applies to whistleblowing claims. So check the box if your claim is about whistleblowing although it is not compulsory to do so. If you do the Employment Tribunal will forward a copy of your claim to any relevant regulator.

Section 11 – Your Representative

Name and contact details of your representative. If you are representing yourself write “Self-represented ” in section 11.1

Section 12 – Disability

Let the Tribunal know if you have a disability and what assistance you need. You can continue in section 15, if there is not enough space here.

Section 13 – Details of Additional Respondents

See 2.5-2.8

Additional Information

You must not repeat what you have already stated, but use this space for any relevant issues that you did not have the space for in the form. You can also attach additional sheets to your claim form. The on-line form allows you to upload additional documents in rich text format.

Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire

The final pages are the diversity monitoring form which is not compulsory.

Last Updated: [30/11/2021]