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Have I been wrongfully dismissed?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Threads
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Keepgoing_2Keepgoing_2 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Threads
This evening 5.25pm my boss called me into his office and told me I was sacked. He said I had to clear up and leave right away. He gave a very vague reason about how the role hadn't turned out like they expected or was changing.

I have worked there for 4.5 months. I have had great feedback and I know they have no issues with my performance or anything like that. I have no written contract (although I understand from employee law that that doesn't mean I don't actually have a contract, just that it's not written down).

The boss said I'll be paid until the end of the month - four more working days.

Obviously I'm in utter shock, but I want to know what my rights are? Even though I've been there less than 1 or 2 years, I know I still have some.
Can they really shove me out the door in 10 minutes with no warning and for no reason?

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  • miduckmiduck Forumite
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    Is he paying you for your notice period?
  • McKneffMcKneff Forumite
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    As long as they pay you your contractual notice and any accrued holiday pay, they can sack you with a moments notice.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • As I understand it, it's not as simple as that - they still can't sack you for no reason?

    As I have no real contract, is it just statutory notice that applies? Is that a week? In that case, as he's only paying me for 4 more days, I guess he isn't.
  • miduckmiduck Forumite
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    KEEPGOING wrote: »
    As I understand it, it's not as simple as that - they still can't sack you for no reason?

    As I have no real contract, is it just statutory notice that applies? Is that a week? In that case, as he's only paying me for 4 more days, I guess he isn't.

    Yes, the notice period is a week.

    Wrongful dismissal occurs when an employer fails to follow a contractual disciplinary procedure. This does not appear to apply here.

    Do you have any kind of statement of your employment particulars?

    What do you want out of this?
  • McKneffMcKneff Forumite
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    they can indeed sack you for any reason within 2 years of you starting your job.

    Obviously there are somethings that are not allowed, discrimination, pregnancy.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • CAB_National_RepresentativeCAB_National_Representative Organisation Representatives - Private Messages may not be monitored
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    KEEPGOING wrote: »
    This evening 5.25pm my boss called me into his office and told me I was sacked. He said I had to clear up and leave right away. He gave a very vague reason about how the role hadn't turned out like they expected or was changing.

    I have worked there for 4.5 months. I have had great feedback and I know they have no issues with my performance or anything like that. I have no written contract (although I understand from employee law that that doesn't mean I don't actually have a contract, just that it's not written down).

    The boss said I'll be paid until the end of the month - four more working days.

    Obviously I'm in utter shock, but I want to know what my rights are? Even though I've been there less than 1 or 2 years, I know I still have some.
    Can they really shove me out the door in 10 minutes with no warning and for no reason?

    Hi Keepgoing - your right that you have a contract of employment, even if it's not a written contract (see our information on the Adviceguide website about contracts of employment for more details). We'd urge you to contact your local bureau and arrange for a telephone or face-to-face advice session for help and support on this, and to look at the details of your particular situation.
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