Problems at Work – Employment Law for Employees

Helping you get a fair deal when things go wrong

Did you know that an employer is responsible for how employees behave in the workplace? Or that you can claim constructive dismissal if your employer fails to protect you from bullying? In any situation, you probably have more legal rights than you realise.

The working environment is more regulated than it has ever been, and the law covers almost every imaginable area from discrimination and sexual harassment to health and safety, paternity rights, working hours and pay.

Employers don’t always get it right, despite employees expecting them to. They may not know what the law is, or they may try to avoid meeting their legal obligations. When a workplace dispute arises, employees need the very best legal advice if they are not to lose out.

Our expert employment lawyers have been looking after the interests of working people for over a hundred years. We know the law inside out and have won cases for employees against some of the UK’s biggest corporate law firms acting for some of the UK’s largest employers.

Whether you’re worried about being bullied or think you were discriminated against when a promotion opportunity came up, we think you’ll be impressed by our energy and commitment.

Contact us to find out how we can help with these employment issues and many more:

  • grievances, disciplinary issues
  • unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and wrongful dismissal
  • maternity and paternity rights
  • discrimination
  • bullying and harassment
  • working time and pay
  • employment contracts
  • redundancy, transfer agreements and transfer of undertakings
  • Dispute resolution, including settlement agreements (compromise agreements) and employment tribunal representation

Get in touch with our employment law solicitors if Sheffield and Barnsley

Contact our friendly, expert employment solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley for advice about how to enforce your employee rights.

We have local offices across Sheffield on Attercliffe Road and in Gleadless and Hillsborough, plus an office in Barnsley.

Give us a call at your nearest branch or fill in our online enquiry form, and we’ll give you a call back as soon as possible.

How our employment lawyers in Sheffield and Barnsley can help

Grievance and disciplinary issues

Challenging your employer, even when it’s about something they’ve done wrong, can be daunting. We can help you through grievance and disciplinary meetings and procedures, including:

  • Advising you on your employment law rights
  • Reviewing your employer’s grievance and disciplinary procedures and explaining the process to you, so you know what to expect
  • Preparing you for grievance and disciplinary hearings
  • Representing you at grievance and disciplinary hearings (there’s no legal right to representation other than by a trade union representative or a colleague. But if we can’t join you, we’ll help you prepare)
  • Ensuring your employer follows a fair grievance or disciplinary process
  • Advising you on the outcome of grievance and disciplinary processes and appeals

Dismissals

If you have been fired or are at risk of being fired from your job, our employment law solicitors can advise you on whether the dismissal was fair or whether you may have a legal claim.

We can advise on all types of dismissal, including:

  • Unfair dismissal – e.g. if you have been dismissed for an unfair reason (such as discrimination)
  • Constructive dismissal – if you have been treated so poorly that you have no choice but to resign or you otherwise have been given no choice but to resign
  • Wrongful dismissal – if you have been dismissed in breach of your employment contract, e.g. you’ve been dismissed without adequate notice
  • Redundancy – e.g. if you think the process used to make you redundant was unfair

Maternity, paternity and adoption rights

Whether you are a new or expecting mother, father, second parent, adoptive parent or guardian, you deserve to be treated with respect at work.

The law protects parents from unfair treatment and entitles them to certain legal rights, including paternity, maternity or adoption or shared parental leave and pay.

Our employment lawyers can offer you friendly, practical advice about your rights and help you take action if your employer is treating you unfairly or discriminating against you.

We’ve helped parents take their cases all the way to the employment tribunal. But luckily, in most cases, we’re able to resolve the issue long before it reaches formal proceedings.

Discrimination

The law protects people who have certain characteristics from discrimination at work and in recruitment processes.

Under the Equality Act 2010, there are nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Gender reassignment or affirmation
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

We can help you if you are facing employment discrimination, either by your employer, a former employer, a prospective employer or a colleague.

Bullying and harassment

Being bullied or harassed at work can be really distressing and upsetting, and it is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010 when it is related to a protected characteristic, such as sex, age, disability or race.

Examples of bullying and harassing can include:

  • Spreading malicious rumours
  • Treating someone unfairly
  • Undermining someone or picking on them
  • Denying or preventing them from receiving training or promotion opportunities

Our employment solicitors can provide support and guidance if you are being bullied or harassed at work. We can help you understand your legal rights and what options you have to push back against the unacceptable behaviour of your employer and/or colleagues.

Working time and pay

We can help employees resolve disputes over working time and pay, including:

  • Working Time Regulations disputes
  • Disputes over rest breaks
  • Disputes over working hours
  • Flexible working disputes
  • Equal pay
  • Holiday pay and sick pay disputes
  • Overtime disputes
  • Minimum wage disputes
  • Disputes over bonuses and other remuneration

Employment contracts

We can review your contract of employment and provide advice on its terms and your rights and obligations.

Redundancy and TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings)

Our employment law solicitors can advise on your employee’s rights when you are transferred to a new employer under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE).

Our expertise includes advising on TUPE redundancy and changes to your employment contract.

Get in touch with our employment law solicitors if Sheffield and Barnsley

Contact our friendly, expert employment solicitors in Sheffield and Barnsley for advice about enforcing your employee rights.

We have local offices across Sheffield on Attercliffe Road and in Gleadless and Hillsborough, plus an office in Barnsley.

Give us a call at your nearest branch or fill in our online enquiry form, and we’ll give you a call back as soon as possible.

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Meet the team

Jamie Brown - Commercial Employment - Solicitor - Sheffield
Jamie Brown
Partner
Ruth Campbell - Wosskow Brown Solicitors
Ruth Campbell
Senior Paralegal
Abbie Lockwood - Wosskow Brown Solicitors - Legal Assistant
Abbie Lockwood
Legal Assistant