Dismissal is when your employer ends your employment with or without notice.
According to the law, your employer must make sure a dismissal is fair and be able to prove that any reasonable employer would have grounds for dismissal in similar circumstances. Have you been unfairly dismissed? Has your employer:
- shown they have a valid reason to dismiss you (that they can't justify)?
- acted reasonably in the circumstances?
- dismissed you for doing something that they let other staff do?
- investigated the situation fully before dismissing you (for example if a complaint was made about you?)
If you think you've been unfairly dismissed, you have the right to pursue a claim for compensation through an Employment Tribunal. If your job started on or after 6 April 2012 you need to show you have been employed for at least two years before bringing a claim for Unfair Dismissal. There are some exceptions however, such as whistle-blowing, pregnancy, health and safety or discrimination.
You may also claim compensation if you've resigned from your job because your employer has breached your contract of employment. This is known as Constructive Dismissal or Breach of Contract. Claims can result in awards of up to £78,962 (current 2016 rates). These limits are reviewed annually and they may change.
If you’ve recently been dismissed, and you suspect you’ve been dismissed unfairly, you should seek legal advice and find out if you have grounds to seek compensation. Act quickly though – you have just three months to submit and pursue a claim from the date your contract was terminated. If you need advice on unfair dismissal, or legal aid, call us today on 0203 002 4898. One of our practising expert solicitors will call you back at a scheduled time. You can get all the legal help you need for just £68.
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