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Free EnquiryCommon Cases Of Unfair Dismissal

When your employer dismisses you from your job role this has to be done in the correct way or they may have unfairly dismissed you. For an individual to be rightfully dismissed from a job role your employer must ensure two conditions are fulfilled. First, they must follow the company’s official dismissal and/or disciplinary procedure and secondly, they must have a good reason for dismissing you. If your employer has not done these two things they may have unfairly dismissed you you may be able to sue them for financial compensation.

Unfair Reasons For Dismissal

In some cases your employer may give an invalid reason to dismiss you from your job role. To find out whether you may have been a victim of unfair dismissal read through some of the common cases of below.

1. Dismissal due to whistleblowing – if you report a ‘qualifying disclosure’ you cannot lose your job for reporting a wrongdoing in your place of work. This includes things such as an individual committing a crime, a health and safety violation or your company’s failure to adhere to the law. Should you be dismissed for reporting violations you are likely to have been unfairly dismissed.

2. Dismissal due to application for, or whilst on, maternity leave – you are entitled to maternity leave in the eyes of the law. You are also entitled to a certain amount of paternity leave and adoption leave. If your employer dismisses you on the basis of you applying for this leave, or whilst you are off work on leave, you are likely to have been unfairly dismissed.

3. Dismissal due to jury service – when you are summoned for jury service, you are required to attend. If your employer dismisses you for attending jury service this will count as unfair dismissal.

4. Dismissal due to strike action – if you have been involved in organised strike action for a period of time that is less than 12 weeks, your employer cannot rightfully dismiss you.

These are just four of the unfair reasons that your employer may give for your dismissal but there are more circumstances in which you may have been a victim of unfair dismissal so you must talk to a specialist employment lawyer as soon as possible if you think that you may have been unfairly dismissed. Remember that your employer may have also unfairly dismissed you if they have given no reason for your dismissal at all.

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