If you experience an issue with your employer involving dismissal, you may wonder what action you can take. There are several reasons why your employer may decide to dismiss you. Notwithstanding the reason, you have a chance to take action. Here are important things to note.
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1. Recognize What Went Wrong
An employer usually has a reason why he or she would take a dismissal action. If you had poor behavior at work, think about how you could have changed that. Was it because of your excessive absence? What could you have done to prevent so many absent days? Maybe it was your performance. Do you think you could have done a better job? If so, how?
2. Set up a Meeting
Whether you have received a letter from your employer or been dismissed in person, you should contact them to set up a meeting. Remember what you recognized for the things you did wrong.
If you know, you are in the wrong, own up to it. Never try to argue as that won’t get your job back. During the meeting, tell them you noticed what they meant by saying you were absent a lot, etc. Secondly, tell them in detail how you would prevent it from happening, assuming they would hire you again. You can’t just tell them that you know you made a mistake. You must support your mistake by telling them how you will prevent it in the future. This won’t guarantee you will get your job back, but it’s a good step in the right direction.
3. Appealing The Matter
There are some circumstances where employers have let an employee go for trivial reasons. If you don’t agree with your employer’s dismissal, they should give you the option to appeal. If you do decide to appeal, be sure to do so in a timely manner.
In your appeal, mention that you are appealing against your employer’s decision. You will also want to add why you are appealing against their decision to dismiss you. Once you get to your appeal, be sure to take notes. Even an appeal may or may not get you the outcome you would like, but it is worth a try.
If you and your employer can’t come to an agreement, one of you can have a mediator assist. The mediator will look at the issue that is going on, they will hear both sides, and come up with an ultimate decision for you. If your employer agrees to have an external mediator, they will be the ones to pay for the services.
5. Employment Tribunal Claim
Whether you have appealed your case yet or not, you can still file a tribunal claim. You can make this type of claim any time you disagree with your employer’s decision of dismissal. If you win the case, your employer will owe you compensation for your time lost.
If you recognize your mistakes, be sure always to admit you were wrong. Impress your employer by telling them you have come up with a strategy to prevent it from happening again. If you don’t agree with your dismissal, stand up for yourself with an appeal and if you have to, a tribunal claim.
Have you ever been dismissed for a trivial or unfair reason? How did you handle it?