When an employer terminates my employment, as well as unfair dismissal, what other claims might I have against my employer?

There are a number of claims you could have, depending on the circumstances of your dismissal. For example:

  • If your employer has breached a term of your contract of employment, such as not giving the appropriate notice to terminate employment, or premature termination of a fixed-term contract, you may have a claim for wrongful dismissal.
  • Termination of employment that constitutes discrimination (i.e. on grounds of sex, age, gender reassignment, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or disability) is automatically an unfair dismissal.
  • If your employer has treated you unfavourably because of your trade union membership or lawful trade union activities, you may have a claim for trade union 'detriment'.
  • You could have a claim relating to equal pay, or if your pay was below the National Minimum Wage.
  • If your employer fails to consult the workforce during redundancies, or a transfer of business to a new employer, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • If you are made redundant when your employer becomes insolvent you can claim unpaid wages, redundancy pay, etc. from the State if your employer is unable to pay it (up to a set maximum).