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During a probation period (3 months) is it legal employer

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During a probation period (3 months) is it legal for an employer to terminate an employment contract after two months simply because the employee has fallen ill and has been signed off work for two or three weeks by a doctor?
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. What was the nature of the illness?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hurt my back, possible slipped disk? is much better now, although not 100% fit, ( job is predominantly clerical)
ok thanks how long has this injury lasted for?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not sure what happend then.... your site flashed someting up while i was typing.I was off for 2 1/2 weeks (with a drs Note) befor i recieved a letter letting me go.
Ok the employer can dismiss for any reason so long as it does not amount to discrimination contrary to the Equality Act which could be on the grounds of your sex, age, race, religion, disability or for raising a health and safety complaint. This means that you can be dismissed even if the illness is genuine. This is the case unless it is for a disability related injury. A back injury can amount to a disability but only if it is likely to last more than 12 months, which does not seem to be the case here. I therefore do not think there is much you can do. You should have been paid notice pay and holiday pay. If you have any questions please do ask. If I have answered your question I would be grateful if you would be so kind as to rate my answer. Thank you and all the best.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok. thanks :(
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