EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL SOLICITORS - LONDON COMPENSATION CLAIMS
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Employers do have the right to dismiss employees from their job but in all such cases they must use a fair procedure and behave reasonably. Other than in exceptional cases which justify instant dismissal they must issue warnings and they need to investigate the work situation to conclude that dismissal is justified. If they do not act reasonably an employee may make a compensation claim for unfair dismissal.
To qualify for a compensation claim for unfair dismissal the claimant must have been employed by that particular employer for at least one year. Applications for unfair dismissal must normally be made to the London Employment Tribunal within three months of termination of the job but in certain cases the time limit may be extended. To successfully defend a claim an employer must prove that the dismissal was fair on the grounds of conduct, capability, redundancy, illegality or some other substantial reason.
If an employer makes the employee's life very difficult by changing their terms or conditions without consultation, or by changing the job location, or by being abusive then an employee can terminate the employment and make a claim to the employment tribunal for constructive dismissal as a result of fundamental breach of contract by the employer.
Compensation awarded for unfair dismissal is divided into the Basic Award and the Compensatory Award. The basic award is capped and depends on age and length of service. The compensatory award is also capped and is intended to compensate the employee for financial loss relating to the dismissal, including expenses and loss of benefits. The tribunal also deals with claims for racial discrimination and sexual discrimination
Employment Appeal Tribunal
Following judgement, there are some circumstances in which a lawyer can appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) which sits in London and Edinburgh and consists of a High Court Judge with several lay members. Appeals can only be made on a point of law however in certain circumstances fresh evidence may be produced. The EAT will not review the facts of the case. Legal aid is available to appeal, subject to a means test, to cover the cost of the case.