Unfair Dismissal Quiz




There have been quite a few high-profile unfair dismissal cases recently. Before reading the article, do you know your unfair dismissal law, and can you work out what the results of the cases were?

Take this quiz and find out how much you know!
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TickWrong!

Wrongful dismissal involves terminations which breach the employment contract, whereas unfair dismissal is based on the idea that all employees should be treated fairly. As the employee had been at the company for more than two years and was being told their position was no longer required, they should have been made redundant using proper redundancy procedures.
2

Whistle blowing is the name given to reporting poor practice in the workplace. Can you be dismissed for whistle blowing?



A) Yes

B) No

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TickWrong!

Whistle-blowing protection is a statutory right which everyone enjoys. Other statutory rights include the minimum wage, the right to paid holiday and maternity leave. If an employee is dismissed for those reasons it will be considered automatically unfair.
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Is there a minimum length of employment for cases that are considered automatically unfair?



A) Yes

B) No

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TickWrong!

Under section 98 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee cannot bring an action unless they have one year's service (two years if they started employment on or after 6 April 2012) - unless the reason for dismissal is automatically unfair, in which case an employee can make an unfair dismissal claim irrespective of how long they have been employed.
4

What does Acas stand for?



A) Advice, Counselling And Solicitors

B) Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

C) Administration of Courts And Services

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TickWrong!

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service is an independent organisation which aims to improve employment relations by solving problems without the need for an employment tribunal.
5

Longstanding presenter of BBC's Countryfile, Miriam O'Reilly, was dismissed when the show moved to prime time. She was 51 at the time and subsequently took the BBC to an employment tribunal for age and gender discrimination. What happened?



A) She lost

B) She won for age discrimination

C) She won for gender discrimination

D) She won for both age and gender discrimination

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TickWrong!

O'Reilly won on age discrimination grounds but not on sex discrimination. She was awarded £150,000 compensation. The tribunal found that when she was replaced by younger presenters O'Reilly had been discriminated against based on her age, but not her gender.
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Matt Driscoll worked for the News of the World as a sports writer. Working for Andy Coulson, then the newspaper's editor, he claimed he developed stress-related depression due to Coulson's bullying behaviour. In 2007 he was dismissed whilst on long-term sick leave. He took the newspaper to the Employment Tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. How much did he win?


A) £100,000

B) £300,000

C) £800,000

D) £2,000,000

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Dessert Wine
TickWrong!

Driscoll was awarded a record payout of £792,736 including a rare award of £10,000 aggravated damages.
7

Following a restructuring at BSkyB, Natalie Stone and Victoria Waterson were dismissed from a shared senior content editor position that they both worked in order to look after their young children. They claimed that the head of networked media at Sky Movies had a "mindset adverse to pregnancy and maternity leave". What was the result?



A) They were successful

B) They were unsuccessful

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TickWrong!

The women gave evidence to the tribunal that they had been quizzed on whether they were likely to have more children. Their claim was successful but the award hasn't been reported. It is expected to be in the region of £200,000.
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Isaac Black claimed unfair dismissal from the children's programme 'In the Night Garden' in which he played one of the Tombliboo characters. He claimed he was fired after complaining that he couldn't see out of his animatronics suit. Was he successful?



A) Yes

B) No

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TickWrong!

Black was unsuccessful in his unfair dismissal case, but he did win £2,000 in compensation for the homophobic abuse and harassment he suffered. The programme's producers, Ragdoll Productions, gave evidence that Blake had already been given a warning for his behaviour on the set of the show.