Unfair dismissal

An employer can terminate the employment of an employee for one of the following 6 fair reasons:

  • Capability or qualifications.
  • Conduct.
  • Redundancy.
  • Illegality.
  • If an employee has reached the normal retirement age.
  • Some other substantial reason which would justify the dismissal of the employee.

In addition to having a fair reason as outlined above, an employer must also show that they followed a reasonable and fair procedure as set out in the ACAS Code and that the decision to dismiss fell within the range of reasonable responses open to them.

If the employee succeeds in a claim for unfair dismissal, the Employment Tribunal can order reinstatement, reengagement or compensation.

The time limit for lodging a claim for unfair dismissal is 3 months less one day from the effective date of termination of the contract of employment and this is strictly applied by the Employment Tribunal. If you have concerns about the way your employment was terminated, please contact us one of our specialist employment lawyers as soon as possible.

Please contact:

Emmanuelle Ries - Partner

DD +44 (0)20 7553 9938

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