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”.


Tube driver injured at work was unfairly dismissed

Lisa Stewart was accused by London Underground of dishonestly claiming she had been injured at work.

Employment lawyers: ‘tribunals effective and judges top of their game’

4 Feb 2021

Lawyers describe the suggestion by The Times that employment judges are inexperienced as ‘idiotic’ and ‘insulting’.

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Victim of NHS manager’s practical joke wins £10k pay out

4 Feb 2021

An employment tribunal finds trust was breached after a manager played a practical joke on an employee who had just returned from sick leave.

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Tesco manager sacked for restraining thief wins £43,000

27 Jan 2021

A Tesco store manager fired for manhandling a shoplifter has been awarded £43,100 for unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal.

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Postman wins unfair dismissal case over public urination

8 Jan 2021

An employment judge found that the real reason behind the dismissal was the postman's union activities and poor relationship with his line manager.

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Seven key employment law cases from 2020

17 Dec 2020

From the leaking of personal data to homophobia and the gig economy, we highlight seven noteworthy cases from 2020 that employers should know about.

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Gym employees win payout after ‘women can’t be managers’ comments

14 Dec 2020

Two female gym employees who were subjected to derogatory comments about their sex share £15k payout.

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Female executive wins £64,000 after being ‘frozen out’ by all-male board

14 Dec 2020

A 59-year-old woman has won a £64,000 pay-out after she was dismissed, with the judge declaring that ageism is worse for women than men.

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Researcher who raised driving time safety concern unfairly dismissed

9 Dec 2020

A senior employee at a Christian charity was unfairly dismissed after he raised health and safety concerns about the time...

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Lloyd’s underwriter loses constructive unfair dismissal case

3 Dec 2020

An employee of a Lloyd’s of London underwriter who was bullied at work has won his case for constructive unfair...

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Immigration officer wins £16k after ‘unfair’ probe into alleged racist slurs

30 Nov 2020

Tribunal finds that Joel Gold, although dismissed on potentially fair grounds of gross misconduct, did not receive a fair hearing from the Home Office.

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Adviser sacked by Dominic Cummings receives pay off

13 Nov 2020

A former special adviser to the government has reportedly been given a five-figure pay off just weeks before her unfair...

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Covid-19 whistleblowers ignored and dismissed by employers

29 Oct 2020

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

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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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