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Get evidence for your employment tribunal today. It's fast and completely free.

Send a subject access request to your employer to gather evidence, and use it to strengthen your case.

What is an employment tribunal?

Employment tribunals are public bodies within the UK, designed to resolve disputes between employers and employees. While most workplace disputes can be resolved on the premises through written or vocal agreement, employment tribunals come in when the two parties can't come to a decision on their own. They help the parties make informed decisions and resolutions.

An employee making a claim through an employment tribunal must meet certain criteria:

  • The claim must be within the three-month time limit
  • The claim must be worthwhile

The most common employment tribunal cases made in the UK are:

  1. Unfair dismissal
  2. Discrimination
  3. Redundancy payments

To gather evidence for your tribunal, you should send a subject access request.

What's that?

A Subject Access Request, or ‘SAR’ is a written request that you send to a company asking to see your personal data.

Why should I gather evidence for my employment tribunal?

You should gather evidence for your tribunal to make sure that you're in the best possible position to make your case.

Plus, even before the tribunal itself, your employers are much more likely to take your negotiation seriously if you:

  1. can provide them with evidence that supports your case
  2. can provide evidence could be used against them in the employment tribunal

This is because your evidence shows that you present a risk to your employers in terms of compensation, legal costs and their reputation.

What will I get from a subject access request?

You should receive:

  • employment records
  • internal communications from HR
  • evaluations
  • other material that might help

Your employer should also provide every document they have on you except for:

  • Documents including information about other people (they can redact names)
  • Documents containing legal advice made to the company
  • Information that’s 'disproportionate'

Under GDPR law, which is applicable in the UK and EU, your ex-employer must send you all the personal data that they have of yours within 30 days.

How do I send a subject access request (SAR)?

The easiest way to find out where your information is by sending a request through Rightly.


  • Search for any company in the search bar
  • Enter your basic details so that they can confirm your identity
  • Check your email to send your request

If you can't find the company that you're looking for, get in touch with our customer support team who'd be more than happy to add it for you.

How long until they respond to my request?

After your company have received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, our support team is here to help!

I've got my evidence, what steps should I follow?

  • Contact Citizens Advice about your situation. While they aren’t giving face-to-face advice, they might still be able to help you over the phone.
  • Speak to your employer about the situation. You may be able to resolve things with them pre-tribunal with your new-found evidence.
  • If this was unsuccessful or they don't have a formal appeals process, the next step is to use your evidence to make a claim to an employment tribunal. Citizens Advice will have more information on this.

For all of these steps, having evidence to support your case will make your position much stronger and increase your chances of a successful tribunal outcome.

What if nothing helps?

If none of the above helps, our support team is here to help.

Why Rightly?

We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.

We don't use consumer data for commercial purposes, which means we'll never, ever sell your data. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs.

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