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Was a notice period for termination mentioned at any point at all?
3 month trial during which time one weeks notice is required by either party
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If she has been continuously employed at her place of work for less than 2 years then her employment rights will be somewhat limited. Most importantly, she will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that her employer can dismiss her 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 she was trying to assert any of her statutory rights (e.g. requesting maternity 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 she would not be able to challenge it and her only protection would be if she was not paid her contractual notice period, because unless she was dismissed for gross misconduct, she would be entitled to receive her contractual notice period. If she did not have a written contract in place she would be entitled to the minimum statutory notice period of 1 week. Her employer would either have to allow her to work that notice period and pay her as normal, or they will have to pay her in lieu of notice.
The issue here is that she is pregnant and you will have to show that the dismissal was not in any way connected to her pregnancy. So you will have to show that the job was indeed discontinued and also ensure that she is not treated less favourably than other employees in the same position as her. So for example if there were others losing their jobs and you were offering them alternative positions then you should do the same with her. But if no one is being offered positions and they are losing their jobs as well you can just dismiss her with the week’s notice.