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I started a job 3 months ago and was on a 3 month probation

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Hi I started a job 3 months ago and was on a 3 month probation period during the 3 months either party can give a weeks notice after the 3 months each party has to give 3 months notice. The day before the 3 months they ended my contract and have me a weeks notice. I have had no reviews in the 3 months with my line manager so had no indication that they were not happy can they do this?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 months ago.

So what reason did they provide for ending your contract?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
They said they just didn't think that it was working and that they wanted me to be more hands on with the team that I was managing
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Can you give me any advice?
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 months ago.

OK, thank you for your response. Leave it with me for now and I will review the relevant information and laws and get back to you at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait here as you will receive an email when I have responded. Also, please do not respond to this message as it will just push your question to the back of the queue and you may experience unnecessary delays. Thank you.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 months ago.

Many thanks for your patience. As you had less than 2 years’ service with them , you have no protection against unfair dismissal. This means that the employer could have dismissed you for more or less any reason and without following a fair procedure, as long as it was not linked to discrimination (e.g. because of your race, gender, religion, disability, etc). Assuming none of these exceptions applied, they could have easily dismissed you by simply giving you the required notice period under contract. As you were still in the probationary period (even though it was nearly the end of it), you would have still only been entitled to a week’s notice by them, which they have given you. As such they have fulfilled their contractual obligations on termination and as you do not have any further unfair dismissal protection, you won’t be able to challenge this any further.

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