The right not to be unfairly dismissed
All employees who have worked for their employer for at least 2 years, have the right not to be unfairly dismissed.
If you have worked for your employer for less time, you will still have this right if the dismissal is because of an of ‘automatic reasons’ such as pregnancy.
What does ‘dismissal’ mean?
A dismissal can be an actual dismissal (where your employer ends the employment) or a constructive dismissal (when you resign because your employer committed a serious breach of your contract). If you are employed for a fixed period and at the end of the period your contract is not renewed, this is is also a ‘dismissal’.
Unfair Dismissal claims
Unfair dismissal claims are brought in the Employment Tribunal. The time-limits are short and strict.
If your claim is successful, you are entitled to compensation for your financial losses subject to various rules, which include a cap on the amount you can recover.
Our lawyers regularly act for clients with unfair dismissal claims, achieving excellent results both in tribunal and through negotiated settlements.
If you have been dismissed or threatened with dismissal and want advice about your rights you can telephone our employment team direct on 020 7653 3222 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.