In the UK most employment law is categorised as 'civil law' or 'private law', meaning that it is enforced as a result of one party (the claimant) suing another (the respondent) either for compensation or some other remedy in a civil court. The claimant, who is normally a former employee or worker, an existing employee or worker, or a failed job applicant, therefore uses the court system to allege that the respondent (their employer or former employer) has caused them some kind of detriment and has done so in contravention of the law.

The members-only factsheet explains the key principles according to which the civil court system operates when handling employment cases.

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