What happens if an employer treats a fixed-term employee less favourably than a comparable full-time employee?

Any fixed-term employee who believes that he or she has been treated less favourably than a comparable full-time employee may write to the employer asking for a statement explaining the reasons for that less favourable treatment. The employer has 21 days within which to respond. The contents of the written response are admissible in evidence before an employment tribunal.

Fixed-term employees may complain to an employment tribunal that their employer has infringed their statutory rights under the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2034) by treating them less favourably than a comparable permanent employee.