It’s unlawful for an employer to dismiss an employee for reasons such as:
- a person’s race, colour, sex, sexual preference, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinionor social origin. (Some exceptions apply, such as where it’s based on the necessary requirements of the job).
- temporary absence from work because of illness or injury
- trade union membership or non-membership
- being absent from work during maternity leave or other parental leave
- filing a complaint, or participating in proceedings against an employer.
If your employer relies on an unlawful reason to dismiss you, you should seek legal advice.