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Submission date 02/10/2022

Guidance Notes: Completion of a Complaint to the Employment & Equality Tribunal

Please Note: The online Complaint Form cannot be saved when part completed, and if your browser times out prior to submission any inputted data will be lost.

These guidance notes have been prepared to assist with the completion of a complaint to the Employment & Equality Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). They do not purport to be a complete or definitive statement of the law.

Further information about the Tribunal is available from the Website.

Full Guidance Notes for completing this form.

(i)   Please read these notes carefully before completing your complaint to the Tribunal.

A complaint must be presented by completing the complaint form and must include certain information as required under the provisions of the Employment & Equality Tribunal Rules 2018 (“the Rules”). The complaint form indicates which questions are mandatory for you to answer.

(ii) You may wish to discuss the matter before making a Complaint.

In such circumstances you should contact:

(a) For work related issues the Manx Industrial Relations Service, who provide a free and impartial service, and are available to talk to individuals and employers with regard to matters such as employment rights and employment disputes. They can seek to resolve matters through conciliation either prior to a complaint being made to the Tribunal, or after a Complaint and Response have been submitted.

The Manx Industrial Relations Service can be contacted as follows:

Tel: +44 1624 672942

(b) For education related issues the person appointed by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture to conciliate in proceedings.

The Department can be contacted as follows:

Tel: +44 1624 685820

(c) For any other issue arising under the provisions of the Equality Act 2017 the Office of Fair Trading.

The Office of Fair Trading provides a conciliation service and can be contacted as follows:

Tel: +44 1624 687540

Help may also be available from other sources or you may wish to seek legal advice.

(iii) It should be borne in mind that strict time limits apply with regard to bringing a complaint to the Tribunal.  Details of the specific time limit applicable in respect of any particular complaint can be obtained by contacting the Manx Industrial Relations Service. Please note that discussions with the Manx Industrial Relations Service, or other sources, will not alter or extend the time limits. 

Office Opening Hours and Time Limits

The Tribunals Centralised Administration Office opening hours are 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday (4:00pm Friday) and any paperwork filed in accordance with Rule 46(7) of the Employment & Tribunal Equality Rules 2018 that is received after the office closes will be treated as having been delivered the next day that the office is open for business.

Making a Complaint Outside a Relevant Time Limit

If you are making a complaint outside a relevant time limit imposed by law, a written application to the Tribunal to extend the time for bringing the complaint must be submitted with your complaint, including an explanation as to why you could not comply with the time limit.  If no such application is made, the complaint will be returned and treated as if it had not been presented. In the section of this form entitled Extension of Time Application you will have the opportunity to explain why you are requesting an extension.

Filling in the Complaint Form

As indicated by questions marked with an asterisk (*), certain information must be provided in the complaint otherwise the complaint will be returned and treated as if it had not been presented.

Please note that a complaint form may only be used by one complainant to present their complaint.

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