Unfair Dismissal Solicitors
At Solidaire Solicitors, we understand the stress and emotional turmoil that can result from experiencing unfair dismissal. As employment solicitors, we are here to provide guidance and support to employees who find themselves in these challenging situations.
Defining Unfair Dismissal
Unfair dismissal refers to the termination of an employee’s contract without valid reasons or without following proper procedures. In the United Kingdom, the Employment Rights Act 1996 serves as the principal legislation that safeguards employees against this form of workplace injustice. The act establishes the responsibilities of employers and provides employees with clear rights as they navigate their employment journey.
Legal Grounds for Unfair Dismissal
To claim unfair dismissal, an employee must fulfil certain criteria set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996. These include:
- Minimum employment period: In most cases, you must have completed at least two years of continuous service with your employer to be eligible to claim unfair dismissal. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as instances of discrimination or whistleblowing.
- Fair reason for dismissal: An employer must have a valid reason for terminating an employment contract, such as conduct, capability, redundancy, illegality, or some other substantial reason. If the reason provided does not fall within these categories, it may be deemed unfair.
In addition to having a fair reason for the dismissal, employers must adhere to proper procedures when terminating an employee’s contract. Failure to follow these procedures can also render the dismissal unfair. These requirements include:
- Notice period: Unless the employee is being summarily dismissed for gross misconduct, the employer must provide a reasonable notice period before termination.
- Investigation and disciplinary process: Employers must conduct a thorough investigation into allegations or concerns, provide the employee with an opportunity to respond, and carry out any necessary disciplinary or performance improvement procedures.
How we can assist you
If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed, seeking prompt legal advice is crucial to understanding your rights and determining the best course of action. At Solidaire Solicitors, our experienced employment solicitors are dedicated to fighting for your rights and ensuring that justice is served. Here’s how we can assist you:
- Case evaluation: Our solicitors will review the details of your case, assess its strength, and provide professional advice on the most appropriate steps to take.
- Negotiation and settlement: We will strive to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, ensuring that your rights are protected, and you receive just compensation for any losses suffered due to unfair dismissal.
- Employment Tribunal representation: If a resolution cannot be reached through negotiation, our team will represent you at the Employment Tribunal, presenting a robust case to support your claim for unfair dismissal.
- Legal guidance: We will guide you through the complex legal process, ensuring you understand your rights, the relevant legislation, and the necessary timeframes for taking action.
Unfair dismissal can be a traumatic experience, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Solidaire Solicitors, our dedicated team of employment solicitors is committed to providing you with expert legal support and advocating for your rights. By seeking our assistance, you can take meaningful steps towards addressing workplace injustice and seeking the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards reclaiming your career and dignity.
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