Before making a claim to an Employment Tribunal you should try to resolve the problem by using the internal appeal or grievance procedures that your employer operates. This is for two reasons:
Firstly, it may resolve the problem much more quickly and cheaply than by taking Employment Tribunal proceedings.
Secondly, if you start a claim without having tried to use the procedures you may face reductions in compensation at the final hearing of your case.
The procedures that need to be followed are often set out in the policies of the employer. Where they are get hold of a copy and make sure that you follow the relevant procedure.
The minimum process is broadly:
The minimum process is set out in more detail in the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures which you can access from the link below.
From 6 May 2014 it is also a requirement for all Employment Tribunal claims to pass through the ACAS Early Conciliation process: