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.