There are a number of claims you could have, depending on the circumstances of your dismissal. For example:
- If your employer has breached a term of your contract of employment, such as not giving the appropriate notice to terminate employment, or premature termination of a fixed-term contract, you may have a claim for wrongful dismissal.
- Termination of employment on grounds of sex, age, gender reassignment, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability is automatically an unfair dismissal could be discriminatory - a breach of the Equality Act 2010 In some cases, for example, where the dismissal is linked to pregnancy or maternity, it may also be automatically unfair.
- If your employer has treated you unfavourably because of your trade union membership or lawful trade union activities, you may have a claim for trade union 'detriment'.
- You could have a claim relating to equal pay, or if your pay was below the National Minimum Wage.
- If your employer fails to consult the workforce during redundancies, or a transfer of business to a new employer, you may be entitled to compensation.
- If you are made redundant when your employer becomes insolvent you can claim unpaid wages, redundancy pay, etc. from the State if your employer is unable to pay it (up to a set maximum).