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Unfair Dismissal

Your employer needs to show that they had reason to justify dismissing you and followed a fair process before making their decision to let you go. If you have been dismissed from your job the law gives you the right to challenge that decision by taking a personal grievance.

Was your dismissal unfair?

Your ex-employer needs to be able to show two things.

Firstly, that they had a reason to justify dismissing you. The most common grounds for dismissal are: poor performance, serious misconduct and redundancy. However, some other reasons can include: repeated misconduct, long term sickness/injury, incapability and abandonment of employment.

Your employer also needs to show that they followed a fair process before they made their decision to let you go. What is considered fair will depend on the circumstances. It would normally include you having an opportunity to put your side of the story at a meeting. Your employer should have told you before that meeting that you could bring a support person or advocate or lawyer. They should also have told you that a possible outcome of that meeting could be dismissal.

  • Call us if you believe you may have been unfairly dismissed.

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Mathews Walker is a New Zealand wide employment advocacy service with considerable experience in resolving unfair dismissal disputes. No win, no fee. We only take a fee if we are successful.

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When you phone or fill out our form, one of our consultants will assess your case. They will then assign it to the Advocate best suited to help you. Your Advocate will call you to discuss your case in depth within 24 hours (during week days).



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Unlawful dismissal