Dismissal and redundancy: your rights

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Employees have the right not to be dismissed or selected for redundancy because of their gender, marital or civil partnership status.

You may have a sex discrimination claim if:

  • You were dismissed for poor performance and yet someone of the opposite sex who has also performed badly was not.
  • You were dismissed for lateness in circumstances where someone of the opposite sex was not.
  • The criteria used in a redundancy situation put one sex at a particular disadvantage and could not be justified.
  • You were dismissed because you could not comply with an imposed change in your working hours
  • You were dismissed or made redundant for a reason connected with pregnancy.

The Sex Discrimination Act applies to both men and women and covers a broad range of employment situations including partnerships, contract workers, professional bodies and institutions that issue qualifications, which are required for a particular trade or profession.

You may also have a claim under the Equal Pay Act if your redundancy pay was less than a man's redundancy pay in the same circumstances: see equal pay.

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