Unfair dismissals are the most common category of claims in the Employment Tribunal.
There are five categories of reason for a fair dismissal and where an employer fails to dismiss on one of those grounds, then an Employment Tribunal could consider the dismissal is unfair. At the moment, there is a minimum two years’ service needed for those employed on or after 6 April 2012 to bring an unfair dismissal claim and a minimum of one years’ service for those employed before that date to bring an unfair dismissal claim. There are, however, a number of other claims which employees can bring without having had the minimum one year / two years’ service and most of those claims don’t have a particular service requirement.
If you’ve “blown the whistle” or complained about discrimination or harassment and have been victimised and dismissed, you may well have a claim regardless of your length of service. These are often complicated claims but have no cap to the level of damages that may be claimed and it’s worth your while getting our advice.
Happy Client, April 2013