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”.


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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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Oxford Uni to keep retirement policy and appeal ageism ruling

17 Jan 2020

Institution to stand by policy designed to promote younger academics and will appeal Prof Ewart ruling.

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Highways England driver harassed before job began wins £74k

14 Jan 2020

An ex-Highways England driver has been awarded almost £74,000 in compensation by an employment tribunal after she was harassed by...

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Landmark ruling: ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

3 Jan 2020

Ethical veganism should be protected under the Equality Act 2010.

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Oxford University professor wins unfair dismissal case

2 Jan 2020

An employment tribunal has found that Oxford University acted unlawfully when dismissing 69-year-old Professor Paul Ewart because of his age.

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Whistleblowing nurse awarded £127,000 following dismissal

13 Dec 2019

A whistleblower who complained that staff at an NHS trust were being bullied and not given proper breaks has been...

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Kitchen manager dismissed for food safety issues was discriminated against

9 Dec 2019

A Beefeater kitchen manager who was dismissed for food safety failings after working excessive hours was discriminated against because of...

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Physio pursues unfair dismissal claim while fighting deportation

9 Dec 2019

An NHS physiotherapist is fighting a Home Office attempt to remove her from the UK after being dismissed from her job.

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Supreme Court’s unfair dismissal ruling in Royal Mail case gives pause for thought

9 Dec 2019

This recent case should sound an alert for companies looking to dismiss staff for...

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Supreme Court: Whistleblowing led to Royal Mail employee’s dismissal

27 Nov 2019

A Royal Mail employee was unfairly dismissed for blowing the whistle, not for the alleged poor performance – based on...

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89-year-old wins £200,000 in compensation for age discrimination

18 Nov 2019

An 89-year-old former medical secretary who was unfairly dismissed from her post at Royal Berkshire Hospital has won £200,000 in...

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Employment tribunals have no jurisdiction over US bases in UK

7 Nov 2019

An employment tribunal has accepted that the US government can’t be investigated for breaches of UK employment law in facilities...

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