Getting fired is never nice, yet sometimes, you understand why your employer did it. If, however, you feel they did not have a valid reason to dismiss you, you might wonder if there is anything you can do about it.
Owning or being in charge of a company does not mean an employer can do what they like. If they wish to terminate your employment, they need to abide by the relevant employment laws.
What should I consider if seeking to claim wrongful dismissal?
Here are some steps to work through when considering if you have grounds to bring legal action:
- Do I have a contract? If you are employed “at will,” your employer can terminate your employment when they like. If you have a contract, you need to review it to see if they must give you a set period of notice or if there are restrictions on the reasons they can dismiss you.
- Why did my employer fire me? Regardless of whether or not you have a contract, employers cannot fire you for reasons that convene employment laws. So, if you believe they acted in retaliation after you reported problems, you may have a case. Or if you feel your boss fired you because of the color of your skin, your nationality, your gender, sexual orientation or because you have a disability, then you may be able to take action.
If you are unhappy about losing your job, it is essential to understand the relevant laws and the rights they guarantee you. If an employer has broken the law and infringed your rights, you may be able to bring a claim for wrongful termination.