ARE YOU AN EMPLOYEE?
1. Have you been unfairly dismissed? Did you know that the maximum compensation for unfair dismissal is now £85,200. Currently employees are entitled to make a claim after two years of employment.
2. Have you been made redundant? If you have two years continuous employment you are entitled to, as a minimum, a statutory redundancy payment. If your employer has failed to consult with you, carry out a fair selection for redundancy or offer you an alternative position if such a position exists, you may also be entitled to bring a claim for unfair dismissal.
3. Do you feel you are being discriminated against by your employer or fellow employees? Have you not been offered a promotion on the basis that you’re a woman and you may decide to start a family in the near future? Were you unsuccessful in a recruitment exercise because you have a disability which requires regular hospital treatment? Have you missed out on training opportunities because the training is always conducted on a day when you are off work for religious reasons (i.e. for prayers)? Are you being victimised and harassed because you’re much older than your colleagues, e.g. not invited out to work social events or constantly being made the subject of jokes relating to your age. All of the above could constitute discrimination. If you consider yourself to be being treated less favourably than your colleagues on the grounds of age, disability, race, religion or belief or sex (including sexual orientation) then contact our team of lawyers for advice.
4. Are you being prevented from taking up new employment because you are bound by a restrictive covenant? Many contracts of employment, specifically for those in middle to high management positions, include restrictive covenants which come into force once the employment contact is terminated. The purpose of the covenants is to prevent an ex-employee essentially stealing business if they go to work for a competitor. Many of these covenants are accepted by employees, however it sometimes becomes an issue where the covenant is perhaps too widely drafted and essentially becomes a restraint of trade. Such covenants are void. If you find yourself bound by a restrictive covenant, make sure you seek advice as to its enforceability. Our lawyers are experienced in assessing the enforceability of such covenants and in negotiating your release from the same.
5. Have you been offered a Compromise Agreement? A compromise agreement is a legally binding agreement usually between an employee and employer where the parties aim to set out the terms and conditions reached when a contract of employment is to be terminated or a dispute is to be resolved (when the employment contract is not being terminated). We can offer expert advice to reassure you that the Compromise Agreement you sign is right for you.
So, if you think you need our help, then contact us before you do something you might regret!
Contact us on 01204 540900.