Settlement Agreements are legally binding agreements to bring your employment to an end, usually with your employer paying you a sum of money in return for you promising not to bring any claims. For a Settlement Agreement to be valid, you must have independent legal advice about the terms and effects of the agreement. Usually, your employer will make a contribution towards your legal costs. Previously these agreements used to be called Compromise Agreements.
Discrimination is a serious issue in the employment environment. It can make you feel humiliated, worthless or degraded. You might be discriminated against because of your sex, sexual orientation, religion and belief, race, colour or nationality, disability, age, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage or civil partnership or because you are employed under either a part time or fixed term contract.
We have particular expertise in pregnancy/maternity discrimination. We understand how difficult it can be to return to work after maternity leave, not least if you are fighting to save your job or returning to work with changes that have been implemented during your absence.
Have you been invited to an investigatory meeting or disciplinary meeting? We understand how upsetting this can be especially if you are worried about losing your job. We can advise you about what to do at these meetings and how to respond to allegations.
If you have a complaint at work then you should raise this formally with your employer. We can advise you on all aspects of the grievance procedure.
If you have lost your job then talk to us. We understand that losing your job can be an ordeal. If you have been treated unfairly, you can claim compensation. You can even ask for your job back or for your employer to re-employ you in another position. We can guide you through the employment tribunal procedure, which can be can complicated and stressful.
Harassment and bullying
Harassment and bullying is a serious issue in the employment environment. It can make you feel humiliated, worthless or degraded. You might be worried that no-one will believe you or that you will get into trouble by raising the problem. We can help you with this, and advise you what steps you should take to protect yourself and, if appropriate, claim compensation.
Non-payment of wages
If your employer has failed to pay you then there are different ways to claim what is owed to you. We can help you with this, and advise you on how best to claim what is due to you.
Employment Tribunal claims
We have a wealth of experience of representing clients at Tribunal in a variety of different claims ranging from unfair dismissal and discrimination to equal pay. We will work closely with you on your claim. We usually conduct our own advocacy, which means that you have the same person helping you at the start of your claim and then representing you at hearings.
Employee Shareholder agreements
We advise on employee-shareholder agreements. If you have been asked to sign such an agreement then contact us.
We have extensive experience of judicial mediation in Employment Tribunal claims.
If you are a director and need advice about your work situation then contact us.
What will it cost?
The general rule in an employment tribunal is that each side pays their own legal fees regardless of whether they win or lose. There are exceptions but costs orders are rarely made.
You may already have insurance cover for legal costs. Legal expenses insurance is often tagged on to home insurance. If you do not have insurance cover, we may be prepared to take claims on a ‘no-win-no-fee’ basis. If you are worried about legal fees then contact Emma Tegerdine or Jayne Harrison to discuss it in more detail.
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