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constructive dismissal

Constructive Dismissal



Constructive dismissal is where an employee is forced to resign because of their Employer's behaviour. The employee must prove that the behaviour was unlawful — that their employer's actions amounted to a fundamental breach of their Contract of Employment, also known as a “repudiatory breach of contract".

There are many reasons why a Claim for Constructive Dismissal may be brought against an Employer and typical breaches of contract could include:
  • A serious breach of contract (e.g. failure to pay wages or sudden demotion without reason)
  • Breach of working time regulations without your agreement
  • Discrimination, Bullying or Harassment of an Employee on the grounds of disability; race; sex; age; sexual orientation; religion or belief
  • Forcing a radical or unreasonable change in your conditions of employment without your agreement
  • Forcing a change in location of the Employees place of work at short notice
  • Unreasonable and excessive disciplining of an Employee


Making a Constructive Dismissal Claim

You should be aware that in most cases there are time limits for making a claim for Constructive Dismissal. In most cases, you should make your application within three months less 1 day of either the date that:
  • You resigned
  • Your employment ended
  • The matter your grievance is about happened


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