Legal advice for unfair dismissal
If you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, our team of expert unfair dismissal solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation from your former employer.
Your employer must have a good reason for dismissing you and has to show that the reason is genuine and justified.
Reasons for dismissing an employee
There are five potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee, which are:
- Your conduct
- Your capability
- A statutory restriction
- Another substantial reason
For the dismissal to be deemed to be fair, the employer must show that at least one of the above reasons directly related to the dismissal and that an appropriate process was followed prior to that dismissal.
Unfair dismissal rights
If you have been dismissed, you have a right to a written statement explaining why and whatever the reason. Your employer has to act fairly and in accordance with its internal procedures and any relevant statutory codes of practice that are applicable. If they do not, the dismissal may be unfair.
If your employer will not give you the reason(s) for your dismissal, or if you dispute the reason(s) given, you can make a complaint either through your company’s grievance procedure or to an Employment Tribunal. You normally need at least two years’ service before you can make a claim for unfair dismissal.
An Employment Tribunal will look at the circumstances of your dismissal, which will include:
- The investigation process/procedure followed by your former employer;
- Whether the reasons given by the employer for dismissing you were just, reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances;
- Whether the business followed the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, if applicable; and
- The size and resources of the business.
Should the Employment Tribunal rule in your favour, they can make the following orders:
- Re-instatement of employment – you will return to your former job role;
- Re-engagement – the employer offers you an alternative job role that is comparable to the job that you were previously dismissed from; or
- Financial compensation.
How our team of employment law solicitors can help with unfair dismissal claims
If you have been dismissed by your employer without a justifiable reason or appropriate process, you may be able to bring an unfair dismissal claim against them. At Nelsons, we have a team of expert employment solicitors in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham who specialise in representing employees in unfair dismissal claims and are happy to discuss your situation.
Contact us with a no obligation enquiry today and we will be able to discuss your employment issues in more detail. We also offer a fixed fee one hour appointment which is charged at £200 + VAT.
During this appointment, you will be able to meet with one of our experienced employment law solicitors and they will explain what your legal rights and options are, as well as what it may cost to take further legal advice, advising on all of the available options to fund your case.
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