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Tribunal fees deter four out of five employees pursuing claims

Employment tribunal fees have been branded “a barrier to justice”, the high charges discouraging four out of five workers from pursuing claims against their employers, according to Citizens Advice.
The charity has found that nearly half of workers with employment issues would have to save for six months in order to afford employment tribunal fees, which in some cases can reach £1,200.

Damian Brown QC comments for an article published in The Independent on Sunday: “Most of the profession believes access to justice should be free … Most businesses have insurance or the opportunity to join an employer’s federation for a small fee, so the idea of tribunal fees being a protection against frivolous claims is not a significant problem.” Read the full article here.

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