If you have lost your job in a situation where your employer has behaved unreasonably, you could have a claim for unfair dismissal.
In a case of unfair dismissal, you have the right to take your claim to an Employment Tribunal to obtain compensation for your losses.
What are the grounds for unfair dismissal?
In general terms, there are three types of situation which can give rise to a claim for unfair dismissal:
- There was no good reason for your employer dismissing you; or
- Your employer failed to follow the laid down disciplinary or dismissal procedure; or
- You were dismissed for a reason which is automatically unfair. This category includes dismissal because you are a members of a trade union or because you are pregnant.
Qualifying period of time to be eligible to claim
In order to be eligible to claim unfair dismissal, except where a dismissal is automatically unfair, you have to have been continuously employed for at least two years.
To find out whether your rights have been breached, you need professional advice from a specialist in employment law.
Not everyone has the same employment rights
A legal expert will also be able to determine whether you tick all the necessary boxes to be able to make a claim. Employment rights are not uniformly available. For example, self-employed people are not eligible. Others who cannot claim unfair dismissal are police officers, share fishermen and dock workers.
A specialist solicitor will be able to provide a detailed analysis of your legal position. If you have been the victim of unfair dismissal, your solicitor can provide advice on taking your claim to an Employment Tribunal and obtaining fair compensation for your losses.
Time limit for claiming after date of dismissal
It is essential to note that claims of this nature must be made within three months of the date of termination of your employment. Clearly, time is of the essence in these situations and you must not delay in contacting a solicitor. If you do, there may be no chance of obtaining the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.
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