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I was made redundant almost a year ago. I was told the firm had lost a lot of money the previous year, and that staff had to be trimmed to avoid bankruptcy. However a few months later I was able to obtain a copy of the company’s accounts and discovered its finances were in fact quite healthy. Can I claim unfair dismissal?

An employer isn’t necessarily obliged to give employees truthful reasons why they are being made redundant as long as there is a genuine reason and the selection is fair. The main reason for redundancy is that the employee’s workload is reduced. If therefore someone is now doing your job you may have been able to claim unfair dismissal. Unfortunately you must submit such a claim within three months of your dismissal.

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