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Were you given any notice period on termination?
Hello, not sure if you saw my initial query above - Were you given any notice period on termination?
Thank you. A lot will depend on what conditions you were employed under. Ideally there should be some written contract in place or at least something written to evidence what you were promised and employed under. If you were employed under a fixed term contract, that is a contract which was for a set period of time with a defined end date, the employer would be expected to continue employing you until the end of that term. If they terminated your employment early without the contractual right to do so then you can consider pursuing them for compensation for the remainder of the fixed term.
However, if you were not employed on a fixed term contract and just on a normal indefinite contract, your employer could potentially terminate you at any time. The main issue for you would be that 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.
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