Australian law protects employees from misdemeanours, underpayment, and other unlawful practices. If you think you were unfairly laid off from your job, you may be able to seek compensation for damages.
Unlawful termination is generally defined as being fired from your job without sufficient justification, or for severe and discriminatory reasons such as:
- Race, colour, gender, religious or political affiliations;
- Temporarily missing work due to personal emergency, injury, or illness;
- Filing complaints against co-workers or the employer
Should you feel that you were subject to an unlawful termination, you may seek legal assistance from the Fair Work Commission (FWC), or the labor relations commission in your state/territory.
A labor lawyer may also provide you with information on seeking claims, the application process, and your options.
You may lodge an application for unlawful termination if you have worked for at least six months, or 12 months for small businesses.
For more information, you may visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/unfair-dismissal.