The appeal of Mr Chikwe v Mouchel Group Plc against the Employment Tribunal decision that his race discrimination claim was presented out of time demonstrates how difficult it is to argue for a just and equitable extension.  The lesson here for employees is that delaying bringing claims because of waiting for the outcome of a grievance can backfire and result in claims being out of time.  Time limits should be treated as sacrosanct and sometimes it is necessary to present a claim notwithstanding the issue may be resolved via the grievance process.  If this is the case, there is always the option of withdrawing the claim at a later date – costs will be unlikely given the position of uncertainty at the time of application and need to protect the employee’s ability to claim in the event of an unsatisfactory grievance outcome.