No one wants to be in a position where their employer decides to fire them, but without legal help, there is not much you can do to prevent it. However, if your employer has already made the decision to fire you, you have options and one of them is the ability to make a choice regarding the employee dismissal process, which involves getting legal advice.
News that your employer is firing you are likely to make waves in the workplace. In many cases, this is the first time that news like this has reached the employees, so there is no real time to prepare for it. It will also cause some employees to want to take an opportunity to find out how they can stop their dismissal before it happens. Therefore, news of your impending dismissal will need to be resolved immediately.
In most cases, news like this will prompt an employee to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This is especially true when there is another employee who is likely to be on the same team as you and your employer will know that you are going to sue him or her for the compensation you feel you are due.
Once you have obtained legal counsel, you can either be informed directly by the employer or you can communicate the news in order to get his or her reaction. The most common way of doing this is through a letter, which is probably the best option if your employer has decided to fire you. The letter should be written specifically to take into account what your position is now, to explain your stance, and to show your support to your colleagues.
Once you have filed a suit against your employer, you will need to wait until the legal proceedings have been resolved in order to collect your compensation. There are other ways in which you can collect your compensation, depending on how long you have spent at the workplace. However, most employees will wait until the legal process has ended before starting their claims, so there is not really much point in collecting money from an employer who has just dismissed you.
News like this is more likely to create a strong effect on other employees, since the time between your dismissal and when the legal process is over will vary, depending on the circumstances. For instance, if the employer threatened you with redundancy, or had you working on another part of the business in a similar manner, then it may take a lot longer to reach a conclusion. If you were fired because you refused to continue to work, then it could take a little less time, because in most cases, these things happen before the legal proceedings.
In order to avoid the news like this, you have to be proactive. You have to provide your employers with a clear explanation of what happened and why. The company will know that it has to do something before the legal process has finished, and this will give you the chance to get your compensation.