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Have you been unfairly dismissed?

We provide legal advice for personal grievances and wrongful or unjustified dismissal in NZ.

What is fair depends on the circumstances.  Any relevant provisions in the employment agreement must be followed.

If an employment agreement does not have a notice period, then reasonable notice must be given.

Employees have the right to be told what the problem is and that dismissal or other disciplinary action is a possibility. Employees must then be given a genuine opportunity to tell their side of the story before the employer decides what to do.

Employees have the right to be supported at a disciplinary meeting by an advocate or support person and there must be sufficient time to organise such representation and prepare for the meeting.

The employer should investigate any allegations of misconduct thoroughly and without prejudice. Unless there has been misconduct so serious that it warrants summary dismissal, the employee should be given clear standards to aim for and a genuine opportunity to improve.

If an employee is dismissed, he or she has the right to ask the employer for a written statement of the reasons for dismissal. This request can be made up to 60 days after they find out about the dismissal. The employer must provide the written statement within 14 days of such a request. If the employer fails to provide this written statement, the employee may consequently be able to raise a grievance after the required 90 day limitation period.

If you think you have a case for unjustifiable dismissal contact us using our contact form, giving us as much information as possible and one of our Advocates will be in touch.


What do you do if you’re fired or unfairly dismissed?

It is important that you seek legal advice if you believe that you have been fired or dismissed unfairly. You have up to 90 calendar days to act on the situation including raising a personal grievance. It is important you are taking these steps as soon as you have been notified that you are being fired or dismissed.

It is important that you have read and fully understood your employment agreement. To be aware of your rights is the first key step in knowing what you can and cannot do about being fired or dismissed from your position.

From Our Clients

Thousands of employees and employers have trusted us us to help with their employment issues, here are reviews from a handful of them.


5.0 rating
July 11, 2020
Review of No Win No Fee

Thank you Work Law for your professional service with Employment issues & disputes. The advice & knowledge of your Advocates has been very helpful. I can highly recommend No Win No Fee-Work Law as a trustworthy company that gets results.

Sheree H.

Response from No Win No Fee

Thank you Sheree, you’re welcome to call us anytime you need employment law advice.

Kam is absolutely amazing & so helpful!

5.0 rating
July 8, 2020
Review of Kam Bailey

I made contact seeking advice on my situation, she explained everything so clearly & gave me options. She made such a stressful situation of losing my job so much less stressful. Everything was handled very well, the communication could not be faulted & her passion is amazing. Definitely recommend to anybody needing advice or help with employment issues. I will be recommending to anybody who needs help without hesitation!

Rachel P.

Response from No Win No Fee

Thanks so much for the feedback Rachel, we’re always so pleased when we can ease the stress of someone going through such a difficult time. All the very best for the future from Kam and the Work Law team.

Sandy handled my case with empathy and professionalism.

5.0 rating
July 1, 2020
Review of Sandy Ward

Sandy Ward is an excellent, very experienced lawyer. A true fighter who understood my problem, handled it with empathy, professionalism and positive outcome throughout. I’m very grateful Sandy for what you’ve done, thank you.

Angus K

Response from No Win No Fee

Yes Sandy’s a great Employment Advocate, thanks for sharing that Angus. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with others so they can find the employment law help they need. Best wishes for the future, from Sandy and the team at Work Law.


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