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Recession 'causes rise in unfair dismissal cases'

Recession 'causes rise in unfair dismissal cases'

As a result of the recession, an increasing number of workers are claiming unfair dismissal.

This is according to Acas, which has released a report suggesting that there has been a 22 per cent rise in unfair dismissal conciliation cases over the last year.

In total, Acas received around 55,000 enquiries from employees who thought they had been sacked unfairly over the 12-month period.

This represented a rise of nearly 12,000 compared with the previous year.

Also, over 2008-09, Acas received up to 15,000 calls per week, with redundancy enquiries rising in number by 100 per cent.

Commenting on the statistics, Acas chair Ed Sweeney said: "The figures in this report underline the strain that businesses and individuals have had to face in the last year."

Employers must conform to certain rules when selecting people for redundancy. For example, they cannot choose on the basis of gender, marital status, race, disability, sexual orientation, age or trade union membership.