What to Do if You’ve Been Unfairly Dismissed from Your Job
Despite significant advances in recent years, workplace discrimination of many kinds is still prevalent across industries and sectors. In the very worst cases, discrimination can lead to your unfair dismissal, leading you to a point in your life where you’re jobless and without a reference from your last job. In such an extreme scenario, you can feel incredibly hard done by – and this article aims to translate that feeling of deep injustice into the very opposite – a just outcome – by drawing on testimony about how you can best create a case to describe your unfair dismissal.
Try to Resolve the Problem with Your Employer
This admittedly difficult scenario doesn’t need to get messy. Before you launch any legal proceedings, you should take a meeting with your employer to articulate your case. If you truly believe you’ve been discriminated against, this will show through in what you have to say. In any case, your employer will have the chance to give you a generous severance package in order to make your parting more amicable, and prevent you pursuing other means to exact justice on the company that unfairly dismissed you.
Make Sure You Have Substantial Evidence
Unfortunately, testimony that focuses on your memory of conversations and actions alone is probably not going to be all that compelling – after all, defendants will say it’s your word against theirs. You’re going to need something a little more concrete if you’re to rattle the defendant and secure compensation for your unfair dismissal. One option – and a relatively new one – is to hire a team that can perform misconduct forensics for employees on any devices used in your office that can show you’ve been discriminated against. Oftentimes, these will be revealed through the reading of email threads and other data stored on computers in the workplace. Digital evidence includes: text messages, emails, videos, photos and other media sent between employees.
Consult a Professional
You shouldn’t go on this journey on your own. You should find a legal representative you can trust – or, indeed, a specialist in unfair dismissals – who can help guide your actions in the wake of an unfair dismissal from your place of work. Remember that your case isn’t just about the evidence you gather – it’s also about the people who advise and represent you. Once your employers realize you’ve got lawyers involved, they may take a less hard stance towards you, offering you compensation in lieu of your old position.
Be at Peace
This process can take many weeks and even months. It’s sometimes difficult to process and it can cost you a lot in legal fees and time before you’re paid out in compensation. What’s important here is that you remain at peace in yourself, in the knowledge that if your company is capable of unfairly dismissing their employees, they’re not worth working for. Look for a new job and a new start and find a company that’s more aligned to your moral compass.
This article outlines how you can deal with an unfair dismissal at work – helping you plan for these unpleasant circumstances so that you bounce back in no time.