Legal advice for constructive dismissal at work
If you are forced to leave your job because of the way you have been treated at work, this is called constructive dismissal. Although there is no actual dismissal by the employer, the end result is the same as if you had been sacked.
Grounds for Constructive Dismissal
The reason for leaving your job must be serious – for example:
- 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 a series of less important incidents that are serious when taken together.
Constructive Dismissal Claims – How Nelsons Can Help
This is a complicated area of law as it’s often hard to prove that your employer’s behaviour was so bad that it made you leave your job. We recommend that you speak to one of our constructive dismissal solicitors if you think you might have a claim.
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