Unfair & Wrongful Dismissal

Unfair dismissal is when an employer did not have a valid reason for sacking an employee or did not follow the right proceedures. From 6th April 2012 the law changed so that, in order to be eligible to make an unfair dismisal claim, an employee has to have 2 years’ service. However, anyone who was taken on before this date is only required to work for their employer for a period of one year before being eligible to make a claim. There are a number of grey areas regarding these rules, so whatever the circumstances, if you or a family member believe you have been unfairly dismissed, then please contact a Lawmatch recommended employment solicitor who will assess your situation.

Wrongful dismissal is when an employee's contract is terminated by an employer, in breach of the terms of the contract (e.g. failure to give the right amount of notice). It differs from unfair dismissal in that there is only a very short qualifying period of service before which an employee can make a claim. So this route may be appropriate for temps or agency workers with a grievance regarding the termination of their temporary or fixed term contracts. If this is the case for you or a family member, then please contact one of our recommended employment solicitors for guidance and advice on how to proceed.

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