Workers treated unfairly by their employer face waiting up to two years for legal redress, because a backlog of cases in the employment tribunal system has become much worse during the coronavirus lockdown. Courts have been struggling to deal with a steady increase in employment cases since 2017, when the Supreme Court ruled that workers should not be charged fees for bringing lawsuits against their employers. Lawyers fear the system will be unable to deal with a surge of new claims as the pandemic presents employers with dilemmas over recalling or laying off furloughed staff.