We trust our employers to do what is best for us, but what happens when they don’t? What should we do if they cause us unnecessary harm either physically or mentally?
We shouldn’t let our employers treat us badly. As human beings, we have the right to be treated fairly. And as employees, we also have legal rights.
In some circumstances, we have the right to make a legal claim against our employers. If we have a good case, we could be owed both compensation and justice. Here are three occasions when you might decide to start legal proceedings.
#1: A workplace-related accident or illness
Accidents do happen and it’s not always the fault of the employer. In some cases, it could be your own negligence that is to blame. But in other cases, it can be the fault of your employer. If they haven’t followed health and safety regulations, any injuries you have received could be due to their lack of attention.
In most situations, injuries aren’t life-altering. But in other instances, the injuries could be so severe that you are unable to return to work at all. Whatever the case, you should still do all you can to get the injury compensation you deserve, especially if you weren’t at fault.
Of course, we aren’t only talking about injuries. There are instances where you might become ill because of your workplace. There have been many instances of employees becoming ill with stress and depression due to the working conditions they have been placed under. There are also those who have suffered life-threatening diseases, such as mesothelioma. In this instance, they would seek specialist legal help from a mesothelioma law firm.
When you take legal action against your employer, you aren’t only helping yourself. You are also ensuring new legislations are put in place to prevent injury or illness from happening to somebody else. This will give you peace of mind that you are doing the right thing, not only for your needs but for the needs of others too.
#2: Unfair dismissal
If you have been fired from your job, there may be a very good reason for it. You may have done something that deserves a dismissal, such as any act that goes against company policies.
On the other hand, you may be the victim of unfair dismissal. Your employer may have let you go for reasons that wouldn’t hold up at an employment tribunal, so you do have the right to open a claim of unfair dismissal against them.
If the reasons for your dismissal are insufficient, speak to your union rep or an employment lawyer. The case might go to an employment tribunal, although if your employer sees the error of their ways, they might agree on a settlement agreement before the case is made public.
If you have been denied a promotion or experienced other situations where you haven’t been treated equally, you have the right to take a discrimination case to court.
When talking about discrimination, we are talking about your gender, sexuality, color, ethnic origin, and religion, as examples.
Your employer will need to prove that they haven’t discriminated against you. If they aren’t able to, you will be owed some kind of compensation, such as money or the promotion that should have been yours.
There is more advice here on filing an employment discrimination claim.
We hope you never have to make a legal claim against your employer. In some cases, it can be stressful and costly. However, if you have been treated unfairly, you do have the option. It’s your right to stand up for yourself so for your sake and the sake of your fellow employees, take action if and when you think it is right to do so.