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Supreme Court rules against employment tribunal fees

27 July 2017

Equity welcomes the ruling of the Supreme Court that fees for Employment Tribunal claims are unlawful and is grateful to its sister union Unison for fighting for the voice of all workers in this case.

The government introduced fees of up to £1,200 in 2013 and this was a clear barrier preventing workers accessing justice.

Equity continued to support its members in their claims to the Employment Tribunal despite the introduction of these costs.

Equity’s Assistant General Secretary Matt Hood said: “Tribunal fees were clearly designed to prevent workers, particularly lower paid and female workers, from seeking justice for the discriminatory practices of their employers. Equity will continue to support our members in fighting against these practices through employment tribunals, now freed from the burden of these unlawful fees.”

The government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants.

For more, see BBC news story

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