Dismissal

A dismissal is the termination of an individual's employment by the employer. Employees have a right not to be unfairly dismissed from employment.

Before dismissing an employee, employers need to make sure that they have a potentially fair reason. The five potentially fair reasons for dismissal are: capability or qualifications; conduct; redundancy; where continued employment would contravene the law; and “some other substantial reason”.

A dismissal can also be constructive, where an employee resigns in response to his or her employer's breach of contract.


Uber sued for ‘automated’ dismissals

In the first legal challenge of its kind, former Uber drivers in the UK and Portugal are suing the taxi-hailing...

Age Concern exec undermined by trustees wins £26k in compensation

6 Oct 2020

A former charity CEO has won more than £26,000 in compensation after being constructively dismissed from her role.
Gillian Smith...

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‘I went to get a Covid-19 test and now I’ve lost my job’

5 Oct 2020

Worker in France who didn't know he had Covid-19 despite taking a test was dismissed for serious misconduct.

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Security guard called ‘honey’ by manager wins £10k in sex discrimination case

24 Sep 2020

The worker was repeatedly called ‘honey’ by her manager, had her hours reduced and was denied the ability to take paid holiday.

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Average wait time for tribunal stands at nine months, claim lawyers

21 Sep 2020

Employment tribunal claimants are now facing a nine-month wait for hearing – up 20% from last year.

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Train guard recorded ‘shooting his mouth off’ was unfairly dismissed

21 Sep 2020

Claimant had been covertly recorded by a colleague 'holding forth on strike breakers and Conservative voters'.

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Christian school worker sacked for sex education views seeks £56k

21 Sep 2020

A Christian school assistant is taking her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked over Facebook posts in...

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Employment tribunal hears allegations against Oxford business school

11 Sep 2020

Whistleblower at employment tribunal alleged Saïd Business School sacked her after she had raised concerns about a leadership course.

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Teacher investigated over indecent images was unfairly dismissed

10 Sep 2020

Judge said claimant not warned he could be dismissed for causing employer reputational damage.

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B&Q reinstates worker who had Covid-19 after appeal

10 Sep 2020

A woman with Covid-19 was initially dismissed from her job for failing to follow absence procedures.

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Cummings ‘unusual’ recruit dismissed after BLM comment

7 Sep 2020

A government employee was dismissed earlier this month after writing a tweet that suggested police should use 'live rounds' on Black Lives Matters protestors.

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Test employees for illegal drug use, urges Tory mayor candidate

24 Aug 2020

Shaun Bailey called for every business in the capital with more than 250 employees to routinely check workers for illegal substance use.

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Sex, alleged lies and settlement agreements

19 Aug 2020

The claim launched by McDonald’s against its ex-CEO highlights the need for care in agreeing exit packages.

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Employee sacked for using Hitler meme wins pay out

11 Aug 2020

A BP employee in Australia who lost his job after sending colleagues a Hitler meme parodying the company’s wage negotiations...

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