Can you be dismissed instantly after 7 months?

16th Feb 2018

My daughter has been working as a manager for a company since July 2017 and has recently learned that she is pregnant. Today she has been dismissed and the reasons given are simply not genuine and have been dreamed up we believe because she is pregnant. There has been no disciplinary procedure been followed and she has been given instant dismissal without any notice. This cannot be correct and although I am aware of limited rights within the first 2 years of employment, this clearly is wrong.

CATEGORY: Employment


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  • Tom Street & Co Solicitors Limited

    Further to your enquiry, we are sorry to hear what your daughter is going through. Irrespective of her length of service, she could potentially bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal if she has been treated unfavourably because of her pregnancy or her maternity.  See Section 18 of the Equality Act 2010.  As such, if you daughter can establish that the reason she was dismissed was because of her pregnancy, then she may have a viable claim.  Furthermore, as she is pregnant, she is entitled to written reasons for her dismissal. In the circumstances, she may wish to appeal against her dismissal and, within her appeal (or separately as a grievance), she should assert that she feels the real reason for her dismissal is linked to her pregnancy. Hope this helps. If you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards

    Tom Street

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