Unfair dismissal in the workplace in South Africa is prevented by extensive legislation and each worker has rights that can be protected using labour law. If you have been working for a company and have been dismissed without proper reasons or on unfair grounds you can approach bodies like the CCMA who will work to ensure that you have not been a victim of discrimination or mismanagement. They deal with thousands of cases of every year and will ensure that justice is served. There is no reason to be unemployed if you don’t deserve to have been fired, and you can get compensation for this if you were unfairly dismissed.
If you’re not sure what counts as unfair dismissal in the workplace in South Africa there are a number of brochures and information on labour law that the CCMA provides that will help you to understand how you fit in. In most cases of unfair dismissal, compensation is granted to the person who has been dismissed, and in some cases they may even be reinstated if they choose to be. It is sometimes difficult to know whether you have been a victim of discrimination. Sometimes your employer may make you feel that it was your fault, or that you deserve to be fired. This is not always the case and it is important to know about your rights and how legislation can protect you.
Approach the CCMA if you feel that you have been fired because of your race, or your gender, or your sexuality, or a disability or as a result of your pregnancy. There is legislation pertaining to the protection of workers that ensures that your rights are protected. If you know your legal rights, then you can and will avoid unfair dismissal in the workplace around South Africa.