Constructive Dismissal

What is Constructive Dismissal?


‘Constructive Dismissal’ occurs when an employee dismisses themselves from the position because the employer created a hostile work environment. It is also known as ‘Constructive Termination’ or ‘Constructive Discharge’.


The reasons leading to a constructive dismissal can be multifold or a major change in the work environment that makes working nearly impossible. Some of the more common changes include asking the employee to work in shifts beyond what has been agreed upon without any extra pay, asking to work in hazardous conditions, harassment, verbal abuse, delaying wages, refusing leaves, etc.


There are legal regulations in place to combat such conditions as well as prevent any company from engaging in such practices. The employee can fight in a court of law against a company or a superior’s actions which led to constructive dismissal.

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