If you have been dismissed from work and you believe you were discriminated against or that the reason for your dismissal was unfair, then you may have a claim against your employer for unfair dismissal. If you are an employer then you will wish to avoid such a claim or to defend a claim where it is unfounded.
There are some reasons that are automatically regarded as unfair reasons to dismiss an employee; and a number of reasons where the fairness depends on the circumstances. Unless the grounds for dismissal are automatically unfair, employees must have worked for a qualifying length of time before they can complain to the Employment Tribunal. This qualifying period is one year for employees who started before 6 April 2012 and two years for employees who started on or after 6 April 2012.
RG&Co staff can give expert advice both to individual employees on whether they have a claim for unfair dismissal; and to employers on whether their proposed dismissal of an employee would expose them to a claim. Where a claim has already arisen, we can advise employers on how best to proceed, bearing in mind the key concerns any business is likely to have, namely expense, efficiency and reputation.