I felt forced to resign from my job. Can I make a claim against my employer?
If you felt forced to leave your job against your will because of your employer’s conduct, you may have a claim for constructive dismissal. You usually need to have worked for your employer for two years before you can make a claim for constructive dismissal.
The reasons for leaving you job must be serious. Some of the reasons might be that your employer:
- Did not pay you
- Demoted you suddenly and for no reason
- Forced you to accept unreasonable changes to your terms of employment
- Allowed other employees to bully or harass you
- Took away benefits such as a company car, for no reason
- Forced you to work in unsafe conditions
- Did not give you support that you needed to do your job
These reasons can be a one-off event that triggers your resignation or a pattern of events over a longer period.
What should I do if I think I have a constructive dismissal claim?
A claim for constructive unfair dismissal would need to be received by the Employment Tribunal within three months less a day from the date your employment ended. Extra time will be allowed if you engage in the ACAS Early Conciliation process. Given the time limits you need to decide whether to make a claim for constructive unfair dismissal fairly quickly.
Contact us for an initial discussion as soon as possible. There are time limits and constructive dismissal requires specialist advice.