If you think you’ve been unfairly dismissed, we can help you bring a claim against your employer at an Employment Tribunal. If you’re worried that you’re at risk of being unfairly dismissed, we can help you to try to resolve the issues with your employer.
Being dismissed can be difficult, and it’s normal to feel angry and upset, but your dismissal may not be classed as unfair by law.
Our Employment Law Solicitors can use their experience to review your situation and tell you if you’ve been unfairly dismissed.
If we think you’ve got a case, we can help you make a claim at the Employment Tribunal or negotiate with your employer for a settlement.
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What is Unfair Dismissal?
Your employer cannot legally dismiss you from your job for any of the following reasons:
- Taking part in lawful industrial action, lasting less than 12 weeks
- Enforcing your legal rights at work
- Asserting your right to make a flexible working request
- Taking entitled maternity, paternity or adoption leave
- Jury duty
- Joining a trade union
These reasons for dismissal are classed as automatically unfair.
But you can be fairly dismissed for any of these reasons:
- Capability e.g. poor performance
- Your employment amounting to a breach of the law
If your employer made your life so difficult at work that you had no choice but to leave your job, you could have a constructive dismissal claim. Just call 0808 258 3531 and speak to one of our Employment Lawyers or ask us to call you back and we’ll review your situation.
Your Employment Status and Unfair Dismissal Claims
Not all individuals have the same employment law rights so it’s important to check your employment status before making an unfair dismissal claim.
You must be classed as an employee, whether full time, part time or on a fixed-term contract.
If you’re self-employed, an agency worker, a police officer or in the armed forces, you unfortunately don’t have the same employment rights.
We can look at your employment contract and establish your employment status if you’re unsure where you stand.
Minimum Length of Service for Unfair Dismissal Claims
You usually have to have at least 2 years’ service with your employer to make an unfair dismissal claim, but if you’ve been dismissed for an automatically unfair reason, this time limit does not apply.
If you’re not sure, give us a call and we can talk it through with you.
Making an Unfair Dismissal Claim
Our Employment Law Solicitors will bring their years’ of experience and expertise to your unfair dismissal claim. You may have other options to consider such as:
- Taking your unfair dismissal claim to an Employment Tribunal
- Approaching your employer to discuss a Settlement Agreement
- Making a discrimination at work claim, if you’ve been dismissed because of a protected characteristic such as race, sex or religion
- Making a claim for constructive dismissal if you’ve left your job because of your employer’s misconduct
Every situation is different so we always recommend getting legal advice from an Employment Solicitor as soon as you can.
You only have 3 months less than 1 day from your last day of employment to make an unfair dismissal claim, so you must act quickly.
People We’ve Helped
£10,000 Compensation for Whistleblower
We helped a care worker make a claim at an Employment Tribunal after she was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about poor practices in the care home.Read Case Study
Unfair Dismissal Case Study
We helped an employee make an unfair dismissal claim after he was dismissed because he needed time off work to look after his unwell partner and newborn.Read Case Study
£16,000 Compensation for Unfair Dismissal
Our client was awarded £16,000 after he was unfairly dismissed following a period of sick leave for hip surgery.Read Case Study
Paying For Your Unfair Dismissal Claim
Our Employment Solicitors and Lawyers have different hourly rates depending on their level of experience. We’ll discuss fees and funding options up front with you and be open about any additional charges along the way.
We can sometimes accept Legal Expenses Insurance, subject to the agreement of your insurer.
Get in touch with our Employment Solicitors today and we’ll be happy to talk through your options.
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