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I’ve been told I have no right to complain about being dismissed or made redundant as I’ve had the job for less than two years — is that right?

In most cases, an employee with less than two years’ continuous service cannot claim unfair dismissal.

However, there are some important exceptions where a dismissal is automatically unfair, regardless of how long you have had the job. For example, these include dismissals for:

  • Being pregnant or on maternity leave.
  • Being a member of a trade union or taking part in various trade union activities (including official industrial action).
  • Properly reporting various kinds of wrongdoing at work — so-called ‘whistleblowing’.
  • Exercising rights such as taking family leave.

Equally, you cannot be selected for redundancy for any of these reasons. If you think you have been dismissed or made redundant without a fair reason, you should take legal advice.

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