Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. Were you on a fixed term contract and did it have a clause allowing for early termination?
The issue here is going to be your length of service. 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.).
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. If you did not have a written contract in place you would be entitled to the minimum statutory notice period of 1 week. Your employer would either have to allow you to work that notice period and pay you as normal, or they will have to pay you in lieu of notice.
If you were not paid your notice period when you were due one, that would amount to wrongful dismissal (which is different to unfair dismissal) and you could make a claim in an employment tribunal to recover the pay for the notice period that you should have been given. There is a 3-month time limit from the date of dismissal to submit the claim.
Malicious falsehood would not come into this because the dismissal can take place regardless of whether it was done for false reasons, as long as it was not discriminatory.
Your only other option would be if the employer had no right to terminate the contract early by giving notice – in that case terminating it without such a right and for an unjustified reason could amount to a breach of contract and you could consider pursuing them for compensation for the lost earnings from the early termination.
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were you working as an agency worker?
the whole point of having agency workers is the flexibility around employing them, and the ability to terminate their employment as and when heeded and at short notice. You are not protected against unfair dismissal anyway as agency worker and I really do not see a malicious falsehood claim succeeding here unfortunately because they would have had the legal right to terminate your employment anyway
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