Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
Since the introduction of the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004 (“the Dispute Resolution Regulations”), which came into force on 1 October 2004, there are new compulsory procedures that all employers and employees must use in attempting to resolve issues of grievances (such as a claim of racial discrimination), disciplinary action and dismissal.
The purpose of their introduction was to encourage employment disputes to be resolved internally without the need for costly and time consuming employment tribunal claims. The new procedures are discussed below.
If you are still unable to resolve your complaint using the statutory grievance procedures you can commence a claim in an employment tribunal so long as it is commenced within the required time limits.
To assist you with your complaint, you may wish to send a race relations questionnaire (RR65 form). This would normally be sent if the grievance procedure has not been successful. However, the deadline for sending the questionnaire is three months from the date of the incident you are complaining about. If you have already made a complaint to the tribunal, you must send the questionnaire within 21 days from the date you made the complaint. (The tribunal may be willing to extend this deadline if a satisfactory reason for delay is given.)