Constructive dismissal

A “constructive dismissal” occurs where an employee resigns in response to his or her employer's breach of contract. This is deemed to be a dismissal, even though the employee has resigned and not been directly dismissed by the employer.

For example, where an employee is forced to resign because the employer has unilaterally reduced pay or in response to bullying, the employee might claim to have been constructively dismissed. An employee who considers that he or she has been constructively dismissed could bring a claim for unfair dismissal in the employment tribunal against the employer.


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Tesco worker ‘left in the dark’ about role was unfairly dismissed

A former Tesco employee who was left in the dark about changes to her role and suspended for not accepting them was constructively and unfairly dismissed.

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Revising a contract of employment: tips to avoid unfair dismissal

2 Mar 2017

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11 Aug 2016

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Zika and employees – an unfortunate Olympic challenge

5 Aug 2016

Ed Stacey examines whether employees can be forced to work in Brazil in light of the Zika virus

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Chelsea FC doctor Eva Carneiro settles constructive dismissal claim

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Sexual harassment: tribunal awards £830k to NHS HR director

22 Feb 2016

An employment tribunal has awarded more than £830,000 to an NHS HR director who was constructively dismissed and harassed after...

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6 Jan 2016

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