Being unfairly dismissed from your job is tough. Whether you’ve been let go without a good reason/fair process or you’ve been treated so badly you’ve been forced to quit, you’re likely to feel hurt, powerless and a bit lost as to what to do next. If the way your employment ended is considered unjustified dismissal, from a legal standpoint, you can raise a personal grievance against your ex-employer and may be entitled to compensation. If you think you have a case, here are some practical tips to keep you moving forward:
Seek professional advice
First things first - speak to an employment expert, like one of the experienced professionals at bossed, to see if you have grounds for a claim and what action you should take. You only have 90 calendar days from the date of the dismissal to raise your grievance, get in contact with bossed as soon as possible.
Sort your finances
Take a look at your finances and figure out what you need to do to stay afloat until you have an income again. If you have income protection insurance, use it. If you don’t, visit WINZ as soon as possible to discuss eligibility for financial support. If you’re struggling with the basics contact your local Salvation Army who can help you with food, shelter and clothing.
Look after your mental health
Being unfairly dismissed and dealing with the fall-out can be devastating and stressful. Reach out to trusted family and friends for support and if you are struggling with anxiety or depression visit your doctor immediately.
Build your case
If you have grounds for a personal grievance start gathering relevant information and evidence to support your claim such as documents, emails and text messages. If you have engaged a representative, they will be able to help you work out exactly what you need to present your case effectively. Confronting your ex-employer with a grievance can be stressful and complex so having an employment representative can keep interactions professional and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. If you have been unfairly dismissed, engaging a professional representative like one of the experts at bossed won’t cost you anything, any fees will be covered by your ex-employer when your claim is resolved.
For more information or a free consultation call our friendly team on 0800 bossed today.