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Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. What is the money owed for?
a pay increment
is it to do with equal pay claims?
it was to do with a pay rise we didnt get because of a pay freeze, and alteration of pay structure
ok let me get my response ready please
is there a problem?
Hi, sorry could not get back into chat for some reason. You are basically being asked to sign a settlement agreement, where your employer would pay you anything you are due and in return you would agree not to make any claims against them in the future. This is standard practice where an employer wants to ensure that they will not be chased by you in the future and to be legally binding such an agreement must be signed off by a solicitor. Usually the employer would pay for the legal advice you need but that is not a requirement and it is up to them.
If you do not wish to go down the settlement agreement route, you cannot force the employer to pay you what you are due without going to a tribunal or court. Of course you have the rights to chase the money you are owed, but it would have to mean you get involved in a formal legal process, where you could spend a lot more than the £300 you have to pay now.
So your options are:
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks
but why didnt previous employees have to pay any legal fees, surely this sets a presitent
No, not t all from a legal point of view - as mentioned the employer decides whether to assist with the legal fees or not, but it is not a legal requirement and you will find it very difficult to argue that a legal precedent has been set in the circumstances. You simply cannot force the employer to pay these, you can try and negotiate but certainly cannot force them to
Has this clarified things for you?