Unfair dismissal

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”.


Lecturer called ‘mad as a box of frogs’ wins constructive dismissal claim

A former university lecturer has successfully brought a constructive unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal after the education establishment...

Establish ‘wage boards’ to address low-paid workers’ earnings

4 Jun 2020

The government should introduce a ‘new settlement’ for low paid workers, giving them more control over the hours they work...

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Charity worker unfairly dismissed after whistleblowing on foul banter

27 May 2020

A charity worker who blew the whistle on colleagues for using foul language and mocking someone with a physical disability...

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TUC calls for ‘National Recovery Council’ to protect jobs and pay

20 May 2020

The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...

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Tube worker wins £14k after dismissal delays

19 May 2020

A London Underground worker sacked for sexual harassment has been awarded £14,500 for his employer’s failure to conduct a timely...

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Firms face legal ‘minefield’ when staff return to work

12 May 2020

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal risks when they bring staff back into the workplace, especially if they ask workers...

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Law Commission aims to extend time limits for employment tribunal cases

30 Apr 2020

Proposals could enable more cases to be settled before proceedings are brought.

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Boots employee banned from taking breaks wins £7k at employment tribunal

27 Apr 2020

Long-term employee with a spinal condition was banned from taking a break and told to learn what 'professionalism' meant.

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Law firm employee dismissed because she was pregnant awarded £23k

21 Apr 2020

A law firm has been ordered to pay more than £23,000 for pregnancy discrimination after it sacked a pregnant employee...

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Former TalkTalk exec loses equal pay claim

20 Apr 2020

A former TalkTalk manager who claimed she was paid 40% less than male colleagues has lost an equal pay case...

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Gay engineer awarded £175k for ‘nightmare’ treatment after coming out

15 Apr 2020

An engineer has been awarded £175,000 after taking his employer to the...

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

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BP

Downfall of BP worker averted after appeal victory

2 Mar 2020

Australian BP employee wins on appeal after mocking pay negotiations with well known Hitler meme from the film Downfall.

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Secretary who resigned because of discrimination was constructively dismissed

18 Feb 2020

A secretary who resigned because she was asked to be complicit in discriminatory recruitment practices was constructively and unfairly dismissed,...

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Nurse unfairly dismissed for wanting to commence NHS whistleblowing process

11 Feb 2020

A senior district nurse with 38 years’ experience was unfairly dismissed after she told management of her wish to instigate...

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