Disputes in the workplace

Information and guidance on managing and resolving disputes and grievances in the workplace.

Employment tribunals

Employment tribunals make decisions to resolve disputes between employees and employers.

They are independent judiciary bodies to deal with employment disputes, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, wages and redundancy payments.

You do not need to pay a fee to make a claim. However, there is a time limit of 3 months from the event that caused the dispute.

Before making an employment tribunal claim, you should contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) through their ‘Early Conciliation’ service (external site), which will try to help parties to resolve the issue.

You may consider legal advice and/or employing the services of a lawyer. See the Law Society of Scotland website (external site) for more information and guidance.

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