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Legal Services for Employees

At MKB Law our Employment solicitors provide specialist advice and support to employees in relation to a broad variety of issues at that may arise in work. This typically includes breaches of contract, discrimination (due to sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation), grievance and disciplinary procedures, unlawful deduction of wages and unfair dismissal. To make an initial enquiry, please complete our online employment form below.

We appreciate that seeking legal advice in relation to your employer can be a sensitive matter and we will ensure that full discretion and professionalism is maintained at all times. If you are beginning a new employment we can offer assistance with your employment contract and any restrictive covenants that may apply (ie: clauses which may prohibits an employee from competing with an ex-employer for a certain period). During and after your employment we can assist with a range of matters, typically:

Advising on the grievance procedure for issues involving discrimination, harassment or victimisation

Advice for employees who are facing disciplinary action

Negotiating settlement agreements, compromise agreements and exit plans

Drafting, lodging and representing claims to the Employment Tribunal

Negotiating and drafting settlement terms for claims before a Tribunal

Advising employees about their rights and employment status ie: being told they are ‘self employed

We can also advise on status and rights dependant on your individual circumstances, and ensure that you are prepared for any unexpected issues that may arise.

Unfair Dismissal

You will have a claim for unfair dismissal if your employer has terminated your contract of employment without good reason or without following the appropriate procedures. Such claims can be pursued in an employment tribunal, with expert employment lawyers available to offer legal support and guidance from the earliest stage.

To claim unfair dismissal, you must have been employed by your employer for two years. There are five ‘fair’ reasons that an employer may use to dismiss an employee, if the reason for your dismissal does not fall into one of these categories, your termination will likely be unfair. The five ‘fair’ reasons are: capability, conduct, redundancy, legality or another substantial reason.

Even if the employer can show that the dismissal was based on one of these reasons, the tribunal will still have to decide if it was fair to do so in the circumstances. In determining this, the tribunal will take various factors into consideration, including the resources and size of the employer, and any process and procedures that were or were not followed.

Our Employment Lawyers can advise you on the nature of your dismissal, whether you have a claim for unfair dismissal and what you may expect regarding compensation if your claim is successful.

Discrimination Law

Claims for discrimination in the workplace can arise when employees, who are considered protected persons under the Equality Act 2010, suffer unequal treatment at work. In some cases, associative discrimination can occur when an employee is discriminated against due to their association with another person who holds a protected characteristic, such as their sex, age, disability, race or sexual orientation. This other person may be a family member, friend or loved one.

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. The most obvious example is direct discrimination whereby an employee is treated less fairly based on a protected characteristic. Indirect discrimination may take place when an employer puts in place a policy that applies to all workers but has the consequence of putting certain individuals who hold a protected characteristic at a disadvantage.

If an employer fails to make reasonable adjustments to take account of an employee’s disability, this can also be held to be discriminatory.

If you believe you have suffered discrimination at work, MKB Law’s Employment Law team can discuss this in detail with you. Our experienced solicitors will always endeavour to take a sensitive and caring approach throughout their dealings with you.

Important Information

To ensure that our Employment Department understands the full scope of the issues that have arisen with your employer, we kindly ask you to complete our initial enquiry form. In this form you should detail all the relevant events and dates related to your employment issue. Upon receipt of this we will review the information and contact you to discuss the next steps.

The form can be completed online (recommended) or downloaded as a Word document:

Email completed form to: lt@mkblaw.co.uk

Contact Us

For more information or to arrange a consultation with a Solicitor, please complete our contact form.
Alternatively you can call us on 
028 9024 2450 or email info@mkblaw.co.uk

 
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