Employment tribunal fees come in a variety of forms for example, simpler claims (for unpaid wages) cost £160, with another fee of £230 if the case is ongoing by the time the trial comes round. Unfair dismissal and discrimination claims cost £250 to lodge, with a hearing fee of £950.
The good news is that these fees are means-tested.
You do not have to pay if you receive:
• income support;
• working tax credit but no child tax credit
• income-based JSA
• guarantee pension credit; or
• income-related ESA.
You do not have to pay any fee if, in the last year, you had less than £3,000 in assets (ignore equity in your main home) earned less than these (approximate) amounts:
• £13k and have no child dependants (£18k for a couple)
• £16k and one child (£21k for a couple)
• £19k and two children (£24k for a couple)
• £22k and three children (£27k for a couple)
• £25k and four children (£30k for a couple)
If you don’t qualify for no fee, you might still get a partial reduction. If you have paid your fee it’s not too late to get it back by sending the right forms to the Employment Tribunal.
We advise our clients to pay fees at the last possible minute becase they are not returned if your case settles out of court.
The application form is here.