Unfair Redundancy Selection By Employer – Client Story
I recently completed a matter for a client who had subject to an unfair redundancy selection by his employer. Read on for more information about how I helped him challenge his employer’s decision.
My client was one of a number of staff dismissed following a restructure and redundancy consultation by his employer. When my client first contacted me, he started off our conversation by stating there probably wasn’t anything we could do. However, whilst he understood his employer needed to reduce staff numbers and costs, he was aggrieved about the process they had used and, also, could not shake the feeling that there something was wrong with the redundancy selection process.
He booked in to meet with me for a Fixed Fee Consultation. He brought all his paperwork including his consultation documents, meeting notes and the final letter terminating his employment. As we went through the documentation, I was concerned as to how my client had been placed in a particular pool for redundancy.
My client manged a factory. He and a colleague were at managerial grade and between them were responsible for the day to day running of the factory. My client’s colleague accepted an offer of voluntary redundancy at a very early stage of the restructure process. Therefore, my client understood that the necessary reduction in managerial grade staff had been achieved. However, when the consultation process reached the factory floor supervisors, my client was added to the supervisor’s pool and was one of the redundancy selection. During the consultation process, one of the supervisors from the factory floor was promoted to what was, ostensibly, my client’s job.
My client’s complaint was that his particular post was not at risk as the necessary cuts had been achieved through his colleague requesting voluntary redundancy. In the new structure there was clearly a Factory Manager post available. His job was clearly still available and one of the supervisors had been promoted into his position.
I discussed with my client what possible motivation the company might have to manufacture a situation to dismiss him. He explained that he had some absences and a number of health problems in recent months. In addition, he explained that he was due to have heart surgery in the near future which would have resulted in his needing to take three to six months off work. It was his belief that having been very open with his employers and explaining that he would need time off for critical medical treatment, they had manipulated their process to ensure that he was one of the people subject to redundancy selection and dismissed.
Appeal Against Redundancy
I prepared an appeal document for my client. We set out in detail our concerns about the consultation process, that our client in the supervisors’ redundancy pool, our client’s redundancy selection and that one of the supervisors had been promoted to our client’s position. Within the appeal, we included our concerns that the employer’s actions were a cynical and deliberate manipulation of redundancy practices to secure the dismissal of an employee who would shortly need time off work for a medical procedure.
As expected, our client’s appeal was not upheld and he instructed me to initiate his Employment Tribunal claim. Fortunately, he had legal expenses insurance as part of his home and contents cover and, therefore, I liaised directly with his insurance company to arrange the funding for my assistance. In the event, we submitted claims for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
Employment Tribunal Claim
A week after my client’s Employment Tribunal claim was issued, we started receiving offers to settle from his employer. At the start of the process, my client stated he wanted his job back. However, as time went on and he became more and more disillusioned with the behaviour of his employers, he stated that he would be happy with a financial package. We were able to secure him a package equivalent to a full year’s gross salary. He was delighted with this as, of course, he could now have his surgery and take his time convalescing without worrying about the financial impact on his family.
Do You Need Help?
If you are experiencing difficulties with your employer or, perhaps, you are going through a redundancy selection process which does not seem quite right, do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation, telephone consultation on 01522 539501. Alternatively, for more about LincsLaw Solicitors including what we do and how we do it, please visit our website at www.lincslaw.co.uk.
Specialist Employment Law Solicitor
LincsLaw Employment Solicitors, Lincoln
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