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Former employees at a Dundee construction company have been awarded a collective sum after it was deemed that they were not given adequate warning about the fate of the company, which led to redundancies.
Workers at the construction firm Muirfield Contracts were given £220,000 after it was decided in an employment tribunal that they were unfairly dismissed. The company had faced legal action because labourers, skilled tradesman and site managers were not consulted about the construction company going into administration last year.
Following the legal action from the union UCATT, workers were awarded eight weeks worth of compensation, amounting to just under £220,000.
The union’s representative for Tayside had claimed that the workers were not filled in on the dire situation the company was in and expressed his happiness about the outcome of the case. 131 union members will receive compensation through a protective award, based on their weekly salary, paid by the Redundancy Payments Service.
While some dismissals following administration and other dismissals can be deemed fair, sadly, each year, thousands of workers are dismissed incorrectly and could be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings and for the suffering they were put through.
Sadly, even if you are unfairly dismissed, it can be difficult to take legal action as an unfair dismissal claim can be challenged. Therefore, it is beneficial to have as much evidence as possible to support your claim and have a skilled team of solicitors working for you and offering you tailored advice. Evidence such as email chains, recordings of conversations and any documents that were handed to you upon dismissal can be used to support your claim.
Many unfair dismissal claims are not resolved through courts with many cases being resolved through mediation or in settlement offerings. Settlement agreements can be beneficial to both parties and usually involve a lump sum of cash in exchange for the finalisation of the legal process. Other items, such as a good reference can also be negotiated on. Such documents are a legally binding and once a settlement agreement has been signed you can no longer take legal action. Many people have no idea of what their claim could be worth and are quick to sign any document. However, at Employment Law Dundee, our team of expert solicitors will be able to guide you through the settlement process and will use our experience and knowledge of the law and previous cases to inform you of exactly what your claim could be worth and what compensation you could be entitled to.
If you have been unfairly dismissed, or if you were not given proper notice before losing your job, you could be entitled to take legal action. At Employment Law Dundee, our team of expert employment solicitors can get you the compensation and closure you deserve. To find out if you could be entitled to make a claim for unfair dismissal, or for any other employment law issues, contact our team of solicitors today by using our online contact form.