It’s not fair to be accused of something you haven’t done. If the till is short on cash, it doesn’t mean you stole the money. And if an email you’ve sent has been misrepresented or blown out of proportion, it doesn't mean you should be punished for it.
If you have more than 2 years of continuous service with your employer then you have the right to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal. And in some circumstances, you’ll get protection under the law regardless of how long you’ve been working.
No matter what’s happened, if your manager wants to discipline or dismiss you they must follow a process. This applies even if you’re being accused of doing something wrong, if you're sick, or if you’re being told that your performance at work isn’t good enough.
Depending on how long you’ve worked for a company, you’ll get certain protections under the law. These might mean you can make a claim for unfair dismissal. But the deadline to issue a claim in the Employment Tribunal is tight. Usually, you only have three months less one day from the date your employment ended to issue a claim. And before you issue a claim, you need to go through the Acas early conciliation process.
If you’re being disciplined, we can advise on what your employer should be doing and if they’re following a fair process. We’ll help you identify ways to defend yourself and challenge your employer – like by raising a grievance if it’s appropriate.
When it comes to being dismissed, we’ll consider your circumstances and help you identify potential claims you may have. For example, you might have been discriminated against because of your age or gender. We’ll: