Bishopsgate Law employment law solicitors can give advice about unfair dismissal claims and represent claimants at an employment tribunal.
The law protects UK employees from unfair dismissal.
Employers cannot dismiss any employee who is protected from unfair dismissal unless they have a potentially fair reason for the dismissal and they make a decision which is fair in all the circumstances.
There are some reasons for dismissal that are automatically unfair in all cases however long the employee has worked for their employer. But in most cases an employee must work for an employer for two years before they become protected from unfair dismissal.
An employee who believes they have been unfairly dismissed may be able to bring a claim before an employment tribunal. If successful, their employer can be ordered to give them their job back or to pay them compensation.
Compensation consists of a basic award, which is related to statutory redundancy payments, plus a compensatory award. The maximum amount for compensatory awards is index linked but in unfair dismissal cases the employee will usually not be able to recover more than one year’s pay.
Strict time limits apply to employment tribunal claims, so get legal advice without delay.
There is more information about your rights at work in our free guide.
Our employment law team are based at our Bishopsgate, London EC2 office.