As an employee, you have many rights in regards to your job, your workplace environment, how you are treated by your employer and the ways in which your employment could come to an end.
If any of these rights are breached, it could mean that you have a basis to take action against your employer for breaking employment laws.
UK employment law is a complicated discipline. This is why it is essential to have a specialist employment law solicitor to help you understand your rights and how you can expect to be treated.
Just a few examples of employment law issues are:
• Unfair or wrongful dismissal: Your employer should have a valid reason for firing you and there are certain procedures and protocols that must be followed.
• Redundancy: The redundancy selection process must be a fair one.
• Discrimination: This could be on the basis of race, religion, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
• Breach of contract: This is typically when either you or your employer breaks one of the terms in your employment contract.
• Whistleblowing: If you think that there is some sort of wrongdoing going on in your workplace, and you decide to disclose this to the public, you may be protected from disciplinary action by your employer.
• Health and safety: Your employer is responsible for taking measures to ensure safety in the workplace.
• Victimisation for trade union activities: You should be allowed to take reasonable time off to participate in trade union activities, and you should not feel discriminated against for being part of a union.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways that you may feel you have been treated unfairly by an employer and many cases end up at an Employment Tribunal or court. In some instances, criminal proceedings may take place, while in others, you may be due compensation for personal injuries.
To find out more about how we can help with a case involving your employment, get in touch. You will speak to a qualified employment law solicitor who will help you decide if you have a case and provide advice on how best to proceed.