Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
Did you have a contractual notice period for termination?
Do you mean within that contract? It states that I work a probationary period for three months, during which the notice period is one week on either side.
If you have been continuously employed at your place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will unfortunately be somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as their decision is not based on discriminatory grounds (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, a disability, sexual orientation, etc.) or because you were trying to assert any of your statutory rights (e.g. requesting maternity/paternity leave, etc.). In the event that the reason for dismissal fell within these categories, then the dismissal will either be automatically unfair, or there will be a potential discrimination claim.
If the dismissal had nothing to do with any of the above exceptions then you would not be able to challenge it and your only protection would be if you were not paid your contractual notice period, because unless you were dismissed for gross misconduct, you would be entitled to receive your contractual notice period. As you were paid the contractual notice period you were entitled to, unfortunately you will not be able to challenge the dismissal.
This grossly unfair - my life has been left in tatters and this had nothing to do with my work/performance. Surely they were obliged to give me some sort of induction at the start of my employment?
No I am afraid this is not a legal requirement
So basically, I have no comeback whatsoever?
In these circumstances, I am afraid you do not, there is no discrimination at play by the looks of it
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