TRIBUNAL: Estate agency to pay £62,000 to long-standing employee

Berkshire firm Kings Lettings is to pay the money following a constructive dismissal case brought by Wendy Luckwell.

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Berkshire agency Kings Lettings (pictured) has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds in a constructive dismissal case brought by Wendy Luckwell.

At a remote hearing at Watford Employment tribunal, Judge Mensahr ordered the letting agency to pay Luckwell a whopping £62,416.88 after she successfully brought a case for constructive dismissal.

An employee can make a constructive dismissal claim if they resign because they think their employer has seriously breached their employment contract.

Examples could include regularly not being paid the agreed amount without a good reason or being bullied or discriminated against.

Employment Judge Mensahr ruled the claim for constructive dismissal is made out and succeeds.

Some £16,048.00 was ordered to be made as a basic award. Luckwell was employed for 34 years and was aged 60 at the date her employment ended. She was also given £38,138.16 (net) or £67,740.00 (gross) compensatory award for loss of earnings for a period of 12 months following the end of her employment.

She also received £2,010 employer pension contributions for the same period at 3% and £500 for her loss of statutory rights.

Judge Mensahr also uplifted the compensatory award overall by 15% to reflect the failure to follow the ACAS Code in both the grievance and disciplinary procedures.

Latest research from Solicitors Near Me show a worrying trend in unfair dismissals, with cases increasing by 12% in the past year.

Legal advice

Nick Jervis, who has over 25 years of experience in UK employment law, says: “It is crucial for UK employees to be aware of their rights and understand how to act if they suspect they have been unfairly dismissed. The first step is to seek professional legal advice as soon as possible.

“Many UK employees feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to do when faced with an unfair dismissal. A strong support system, including legal representation and emotional support from friends and family, can help employees navigate these difficult situations.”

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