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”.


Covid-19 whistleblowers ignored and dismissed by employers

Nearly half of employees with coronavirus concerns have had their queries ignored.

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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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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Dismissed Lidl worker claims to follow ancient Hellenistic philosophy

24 Sep 2020

Stoicism – an ancient philosophy – is a protected characteristic, rules tribunal.

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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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More employment tribunals to go virtual in raft of changes

17 Sep 2020

The government is relaxing the rules around employment tribunals to allow more hearings to be held online in an effort...

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Gender-fluid and non-binary workers protected under Equality Act

17 Sep 2020

Protections under the Equality Act for those going through gender reassignment extends to those who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary,...

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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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Former CPS prosecutor brought unfair dismissal case ‘too late’

7 Sep 2020

A solicitor claiming for unfair dismissal against the Crown Prosecution Service has had her case dismissed after a judge ruled...

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‘Old boys’ network’: Sales exec wins sexism case against tech firm Splunk

12 Aug 2020

A sales executive who earned more than £700,000 per year has won her claim for sex discrimination at an employment...

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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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Furloughed employees must receive redundancy in full

30 Jul 2020

Furloughed employees will be entitled to redundancy pay based on their normal wages, not their furlough rate, from tomorrow (31...

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Coronavirus and travel: seven questions about quarantine

28 Jul 2020

On Saturday, the government announced that anyone returning from Spain, including the Balearics and Canaries, must self-isolate on their return...

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

30 Jun 2020

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

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