UK employment law solicitors
Usually, disputes between an employer and employee can be resolved within the workplace. Most responsible companies will have an employee handbook outlining how they will oversee this. When this isn’t possible and matters escalate to a more serious level, it may be time to seek legal advice.
We can offer expert advice when you believe your employer mistreated you, for example if they have:
- Made you redundant unfairly
- Dismissed you without good reason
- Forced you to quit
- Discriminated against you, or failed to act if you are being discriminated against
- Sexually harassed you, or failed to act if you have become victim of sexual harassment
Your legal rights as an employee
Our employment law solicitors have a lot of experience representing employees from a range of jobs, for all kinds of breaches in employment law.
In the UK there are strict laws protecting the rights of all employees. Our employment law solicitors’ no-win, no-fee approach guarantees the tailored advice you need when you have been treated unfairly. We can help you claim compensation for any losses you suffered as a result.
UK employment law solicitors
The workplace is where we spend most of our adult life, so any disputes or frustrations with your employer can have a large impact on your home life, too.
Our team of expert employment solicitors based in Manchester are here to handle a wide range of workplace disputes for employees across the country.
Wrongful dismissal claims
If your employer breaches the terms of termination in your employment contract, we can help you can claim for wrongful dismissal. It doesn’t matter how long you have been at the company, because wrongful dismissal claims can proceed to employment tribunal after any length of employment.
Unfair dismissal claims
You can make an unfair dismissal claim if your employer dismisses you without good reason. If they fail to follow the company’s own formal dismissal procedure or breach your statutory rights, you could also make a claim for unfair dismissal.
It is important to note that employees can only claim unfair dismissal after two years of service, unless the claim concerns discrimination or harassment.
Automatically unfair dismissals
A dismissal will automatically be deemed unfair if:
- You asked for flexible working
- You refused to give up working time rights
- You joined a trade union
- You took part in legal industrial action within the last three months
- You applied for parental leave or were on parental leave
- You exposed wrongdoing
If your dismissal is classed as automatically unfair our employment solicitors can likely help you put forward an unfair dismissal claim.
Constructive dismissal claims
If you had no choice but to leave your job due to your employer’s poor conduct – and had been with them for two years or more – you can claim constructive dismissal.
Poor conduct could include them:
- Suddenly holding back your pay
- Demoting you without reason
- Allowing other employees to harass and discriminate against you
- Forcing unreasonable changes, such as significant changes to your working hours
If you have been made redundant and you feel your employer did not follow the correct procedures – or if you feel that redundancy wasn’t the real reason you were dismissed – you may be able to make a compensation claim.
We believe that everyone’s redundancy should be handled in a fair, genuine and respectable way. If yours wasn’t, we’ll support you every step of the way, getting you the outcome you deserve.
Discrimination at work
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace are against the law. If you feel harassed or unfairly treated based on the discriminatory attitudes of your employer, you can claim for unfair dismissal.
Unlike standard unfair dismissal claims, ones that involve complaints of discrimination or harassment do not require you to have been with the company for two or more years.
Settlement agreements are a legally binding solution that let employees and employers end the contract in a way that benefits them both.
If an employer doesn’t have grounds for dismissal but feels like they aren’t profiting from employing a particular member of staff, they may suggest a settlement agreement. This would release the employee from their duties in a lawful and amicable way.
Understanding employment law
UK employment law regulates the relations between employers, employees and trade unions, ensuring all workers are treated fairly and guaranteed a safe work environment.
What employment law solicitors can help you with
Employment law covers all aspects of employment. Most importantly it includes regulation on:
- Minimum pay
- Working hours
- Parental leave
- Employment contracts
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Probation and notice periods
- Health and safety
- Transfers of undertakings
- Discrimination in the workplace
If you think your employer has broken UK employment law, we can help you bring them to justice.
UK employment tribunals
Under UK employment law, employees have the right to make a claim against their employer if there’s a dispute between them. Most employment claims are handled by an employment tribunal and employees are not charged fees for doing so.
For a claim to be accepted, it has to meet certain requirements. One of the most important is the time frame in which you do it. There are strict time restrictions set out in which an employee can make a claim after an event has happened. This is usually three or six months.
You need to consider all the evidence that you, and the company, will be able to provide at the tribunal.
Without evidence to back up your arguments, you could find that your claim is rejected.
Employment law solicitors – guidance and support
Speak with one of our employment law solicitors
Employment law is constantly being updated as it reacts to the ever-changing economy, new technological advancements and verdicts on tribunal cases throughout the country.
Because of this, it can feel like a minefield if you’re looking for justice. With us on your side your employment law claim will be a lot more straightforward. Contact our employment solicitors today or request a call back to discuss your case.