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Do you have a contractual notice period?
do you think your wife's pregnancy as anything to do with their decision?
ok let me get my response ready please
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. However, you are not the person who is pregnant here so your rights will not be the same had your wife been the person who was facing dismissal and there were concerns that the reasons may have been linked to her pregnancy.
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, which is one week.
So it does mean that the employer can issue an ultimatum of either accepting a pay cut or facing dismissal because they could legally dismiss you in the circumstances. It is an unfortunate situation but your length of service lets you down here.
legally that is possible - morally it is wrong of course but from a legal point of view it can be done
I understand it is probably not the best of news but obviously I need to tell you the law as it stands. There will always be a risk with starting a new job and whilst most of the times it is not a problem, if you face the wrong employer it could create some difficulties, as in this case
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks