When termination turns into unfair dismissal

Even if there are substantial grounds for ending someone’s employment, not following fair procedures can render the dismissal unfair

Unfair dismissal is perhaps the most common employment claim in Ireland. Potential remedies for successful claimants can include reinstatement, re-engagement and compensation of up to two years’ remuneration (salary and benefits).

It is important to remember that the burden rests with the employer to prove that a dismissal was fair. To do so, the employer must show that:

1. there was a substantial reason which justified the dismissal; and

2. fair procedures were ...