This is a complicated area of Law and we recommend that you speak to one of our Constructive Dismissal Solicitors if you think you might have a claim.
If you’re forced to quit your job because of the way you’re treated, it’s called Constructive Dismissal:-
- Although there’s no actual dismissal by the employer, the end result is the same as if you’d been sacked
It’s often hard to prove that your employer's behaviour was so bad that it made you leave your job - so you should get legal advice from one of our Constructive Dismissal Solicitors before resigning.
Grounds for a Constructive Dismissal claim
The reason for leaving your job must be serious – there must be a fundamental breach of your contract. Examples include:-
- A serious breach of your contract (e.g. not paying you, or suddenly demoting you for no reason)
- Forcing you to accept unreasonable changes to your conditions of employment without your agreement (e.g. suddenly telling you to work in another town, or making you work night shifts when your contract is only for day work)
- Bullying, harassment or violence against you by work colleagues
- Making you work in dangerous conditions
The employer's breach of contract may be one serious incident or the last in a series of less important incidents that are serious when taken together.