Welcome to Louise Howard Solicitors

Employment Law

If you are worried about something that is happening at work we can advise you, in total confidentiality. We can give you the voice you need to address your situation.  We will advise you in plain language and provide practical and impartial advice through every stage of the process. We will do all that we can to reduce the inconvenience in dealing with a solicitor by transacting your business by telephone, email or post.


If you have been made redundant we are here to help you. Being made redundant is a very difficult experience and it is vital that you remember that a redundancy is not a personal decision against you. Redundancy arises for a variety of reasons such as the employer no longer carrying on business or carrying on the business with fewer employees. The redundancy relates to the situation with the job rather than you as the person doing the job.

If you think you have been unfairly selected for redundancy this may constitute an unfair dismissal and you may be able to make a claim.

If you have been denied your rightful redundancy entitlements you may be able to claim under Irish Redundancy Law. If you have worked with your employer for two years you will be entitled to, at a minimum, statutory redundancy which is two weeks wages for each year of service plus one additional normal week’s wages.

If you are considering discussing your redundancy entitlements or an unfair dismissal with a Solicitor it is important that you do so promptly, there are steps that you must take in order to substantiate your claim and certain time limits in order to proceed with an action may apply.

Unfair Dismissal

We understand that the loss of your employment can be a very upsetting time and a also worrying time financially. We are committed to working with you to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

The law protects you against the loss of your employment without fair procedures being followed and without substantial grounds existing to justify your dismissal. In order to avail of this protection, you must have been employed for a minimum of one year. However, there are exceptions to this rule, for example, if the dismissal was for reasons related to pregnancy.

Constructive Dismissal

You may be entitled to submit a case for unfair dismissal if you have left your employment, having no other option, due to your employers conduct and this is known as Constructive Dismissal. If you are considering discussing a dismissal claim with a Solicitor specialising in Employment Law it is important that you do so promptly, there are steps that you must take in order to substantiate your claim and certain time limits in order to proceed with an action may apply


Definition of Bullying in the workplace:

Bullying is defined as repeated, inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining an individual’s right to dignity at work.

A once-off incident of bullying as described above, is not considered bullying. It can be a very grey area between what some people see as ‘slagging’ or ‘banter’ which may be acceptable in the give and take of workplace humour. However, repeated and unwelcome behaviour can be offensive and can be deemed to be bullying and harassment.

If you are suffering such abuse you must notify your employer with your complaints so the employer has an opportunity to try and rectify the matter. If you are suffering psychologically from the abuse you should contact your doctor for medical assistance

Discrimination in the workplace is prohibited on the following grounds:

  • Gender
  • Civil Status
  • Family Statu
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion
  • Age •Disability
  • Race/Colour/Nationality/Ethnic or National Origins
  • Membership of the Traveller community.


You should not have to suffer discrimination on any of these grounds in relation to access to employment (including interview and selection process), conditions of employment, training or experience for or in relation to employment, promotion or classification of posts.

If you are suffering from discrimination in the workplace we will advise you of your entitlements and protections. If you challenge discrimination in the workplace you are protected against your employer victimising you. This protection will extend to witnesses and other persons involved in your complaint.

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