Personal Employment Law & Tribunal Solicitors in Preston
Employment disputes can be difficult and stressful to manage alone, especially if you believe your livelihood or employment status is under threat. At Farleys, we are here to help put your mind at ease!
We understand how distressing employment law cases can be for all parties involved, and offer a complete range of employment law services to help reach satisfactory resolution.
We have a wealth of knowledge and experience handling employment law cases. Our team of friendly, straight-talking solicitors have an outstanding track record of winning employment disputes on behalf of employees.
Our personal employment law services:
- Discrimination in the Workplace
- Harassment and Bullying at Work
- Employment Tribunal
- Disciplinary, Appeals and Dismissal
- Employee Grievance Procedure
- Breach of Employment Contract
- Redundancies and Redundancy Packages
- Settlement Agreements / Compromise Agreements
Disciplinary, appeals and dismissal
We handle a range of employment law cases, including those which involve disciplinary, appeals, and dismissal cases.
You should be able to review any policies relating to disciplinary, appeals and dismissal procedures within your employment contract (or employee handbook). If you are unable to find a specific policy or procedure outlined in your contract, you should ask your employer to provide details of their procedures as soon as possible, as it’s vital to understand exactly how the policy affects you before you enter into any disciplinary, appeal, or dismissal proceedings.
Our experienced, knowledgeable team can help you understand what these policies mean from a legal perspective. We’ll give you straight-talking, actionable legal advice and guidance on what steps are available to you, based on your situation and the type of employment dispute concerned.
Discrimination in the workplace
Employment disputes can cover a wide range of topics, including discrimination in the workplace, which we understand can be particularly distressing. We want you to know that you aren’t alone, and that there are laws in place to protect you.
In the UK, bullying and discrimination laws account for all types of discrimination, including age, race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.
If you believe you may be the victim of workplace discrimination, it’s always best to speak with a solicitor or legal advisor as soon as possible. Our expert team of employment law solicitors are specialists in their field, enabling us to assist you at every step of the process. That means we’ll be able to advise you on your rights and the best way to proceed, including helping you to make a claim against your employer.
Employment Tribunals are considered a ‘last resort’ method of resolving a dispute between you and your employer. An Employment Tribunal can only be pursued once all other means of resolution with your employer have been exhausted.
The purpose of an Employment Tribunal is to settle a range of employment disputes, including grievances, discrimination, disciplinary issues, or unfair dismissal claims. Before attending, it’s important to bear in mind that the decisions made by an Employment Tribunal are legally binding – similar to the Court, but are less formal.
We can give you the legal advice and guidance you need throughout every stage of the dispute process – even before you decide to make an application to the Employment Tribunal.
You are required to submit an application for an Employment Tribunal claim within three months from the date your employment ended, or within three months from the date of the incident.
Employee grievance procedure
If you’re unable to resolve a dispute between you and your employer during an informal meeting, you may choose to raise an official grievance.
There is no legally binding process in order to raise a grievance with your employer. Both you and your employer will have to follow the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Code of Practice. This code of practice sets out a clear series of principles that both parties must follow (including standards of behaviour) during all disciplinary and grievance procedures.
We have a wealth of experience, knowledge, and understanding in handling this complex area of employment law, and our straight-talking experts will make sure you’re fully aware and informed of the various options available to you.
Harassment and bullying at work
UK law is very clear in stipulating that everyone should be able to feel comfortable at work. Even so, countless employees still experience daily workplace harassment and bullying, which can take a severe toll on emotional and mental health. These feelings can ultimately have an impact on performance and productivity not just for those involved, but for those witnessing this behaviour as well.
This situation can be further compounded for people who work in small businesses, as the perpetrators are often more likely to be in senior positions or other positions of direct power and influence.
In these situations, it is common for people to feel trapped and that (for whatever reason) they’re unable to report the problems. If you are in such a situation, remember that you aren’t alone and that you should seek expert legal advice as soon as possible.
You have rights as an employee, and the simple truth is that any instances of bullying or harassment in the workplace are just not acceptable.
At Farleys Solicitors, we handle a range of cases including sexual harassment, racial harassment, and bullying in the workplace, making us the perfect people to give you clear, jargon-free legal advice, so that you need to make an informed decision about how best to proceed.