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Daughter not paid for working a month and now "let go", any advice, please

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dreamingofthefuture Thu 22-Nov-12 15:19:07

Hi, my daughter was taken on by a company at £800 per month plus bonus carrying out telesales. She hit her targets on a daily basis.

At the end of the month she had a text on the Sunday night saying she had no need to return to work as she had not hit her targets. She is desperate for work, had not worked for 6 months previously and begged for another chance and further training. The story then changed to the company was restructuring and there was no position for her.

Surprise, surprise, this was the day before pay day and she did not get paid. When querying this she was told there had been a problem with the company bank account and a new one is being set up.

It is now three weeks later and she still has not been paid. Have also been unable to get pay slip or P45.

Please, has anybody any advice

Thank you

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 22-Nov-12 15:21:18

Sorry, but sounds like the company may have gone bust....

dreamingofthefuture Thu 22-Nov-12 17:49:56

Thanks for the response. That was my first thought but they have not, they look very dubious on paper but are still trading.

StillSquiffy Thu 22-Nov-12 18:43:13

For big debts you would seek damages in court, or even serve a winding up order, but this is too small. If they work under an industry banner (eg licenced by, or attached to, some society or whatever) you can speak to them about the issue. If she got role through job centre then you could complain to them. You could also claim in a tribunal but they'd probably ignore that, too.

You could also contact local paper to see if they were interested in the story esp if DD is young and photogenic

Virgil Thu 22-Nov-12 18:51:33

She needs to get an employment tribunal claim form and put in a clam for unlawful deductions from wages, breach of contract and wrongful dismissal. She can put the claim in herself. All she needs to do is fill in the boxes and then in the large section at the end explain what has happened. She needs to do this straight away. There is no fee and she doesn't need a lawyer to do it.

She will get the money she is owed and at least a week's notice money. Unless she has been dismissed because she has a protected characteristic female, pregnant, ethnic minority, disabled, gay, religious reason, age related then she probably won't have any way in which she can claim that her dismissal is unfair because she doesn't have two years' service.

hermioneweasley Fri 23-Nov-12 22:08:25

Agree with virgil's approach. Unfortunately something like 40% of tribunal awards are never paid by the employer, so there's still no guarantee if her getting the money, and if the company does go bust before the hearing then she won't get anything.

What a crap situation, your poor DD. on the plus side, if she was able to hit telesales targets she must be good, and she will find something else.

dreamingofthefuture Sat 24-Nov-12 13:58:41

Thank you for the responses. Luckily DD has found another job which pays better with better prospects which she has literally just started.

Just the principal really with the money as she has worked for nothing and it appears this is a regular occurence. Will try and employment tribunal route and maybe contact local media.

Thank you

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