05 April 2012
Discrimination claims 'set to rise after unfair dismissal reforms'
Discrimination claims will climb sharply following the implementation of new employment law clauses tomorrow (April 6th).
That is the opinion of Julie Morris, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who told the Daily Telegraph that the updated unfair dismissal legislation will have a negative impact on professionals across all sectors.
As of tomorrow, the qualifying period for employees to take legal action against a company on the grounds that they have been fired unjustly will be extended to two years from the current limit of 12 months.
And legal experts feel this will lead to workers looking for other ways to take action against their employees when they feel unfairly treated, such as gender or pay discrimination.
Julie Morris commented: "The change will have an adverse effect on employees' rights. Unscrupulous employers may use the proposal to their advantage by choosing to lay off staff with less than two years' service."
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Posted by Francesca Witney