Employment Law and Unfair Dismissal

What is unfair dismissal?

Unfair dismissal is the legal name given to the situation where an individual's employment is terminated by their employer without having been given a fair reason for the dismissal, or where the employer did not follow the correct process for the dismissal.

An employer does have the right to dismiss employees for reasons related to their conduct (such as substance abuse or theft), ability to do their work (ie performance-related) or long term illness.

When can you make an unfair dismissal claim?

If you believe you have been dismissed without a fair reason then one of our recommended unfair dismissal lawyers can help you make a claim to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal. Please bear in mind however that significant financial compensation is only awarded for unfair dismissal where your employment has lasted for more than twelve months.

Unfair dismissal claims are most often made due to:

  • Discrimination on the basis of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age
  • Maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • Notice periods
  • Whistleblowing
  • Before, during or after business transfers
  • Unfair selection for redundancy
  • In connection with disciplinary or grievance hearings
  • Due to trade union involvement

Using an unfair dismissal lawyer

Caven works with a national network of specialised employment solicitors and unfair dismissal lawyers and can put you in touch with the right unfair dismissal lawyer according to your needs. An employment lawyer can negotiate with your employer or start an employment tribunal claim on your behalf.

Using a no-win no-fee unfair dismissal lawyer

Many of our recommended unfair dismissal solicitors will consider taking cases on a no-win, no-fee basis when there is strong evidence supporting a claim. Please be aware, however, that in some instances it may actually be more cost-effective to engage a solicitor on a fixed-fee- or hourly-fee basis rather than on a no-win, no-fee arrangement.

Call us on 08001 221 2299 for more advice and to instruct an unfair dismissal lawyer to make an unfair dismissal claim today.

Last updated: 13/06/2011
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