This is wrongful dismissal and you can claim against them for this in the Employment Relations Authority. You start with a mediator where you can negotiate compensation
Mediators work with people to find solutions to employment relationship problems that will work for both parties. Mediators are not advocates for either party. They are independent people committed to the process of problem resolution. Mediators are skilled at facilitating discussions between the parties and helping them to identify issues and potential solutions. The aim of mediation is for the parties to resolve the matter by agreement. The mediator’s role is to:
- help people find the best way to resolve their problems
- encourage parties to identify the real issues
- help the parties explain those issues to each other
- identify points of agreement between the two parties
- help people find a way through their problem that may not seem immediately apparent
- work with people to find answers that reflect good faith and common sense
- work with parties to seek a resolution that allows both parties to move on.
Mediation services under the Employment Relations Act 2000 are provided by the Department of Labour. Mediation services are available to any employer or employee with an employment relations problem. Mediation is simple, effective, free and fair.
To contact the Service Centre for workplace enquiries call 0800 20 90 20 or go to the contact page.
Information officers at the Service Centre are experienced in helping with day-to-day problems in workplaces. They can also help interpret the minimum legal employment conditions. In most cases, information officers can give you information to help you deal with your problem yourself by providing facts and commonsense suggestions.
If your question requires more assistance, information officers can help you to decide which process will help you deal with the problem. They may refer you to other services established under the Employment Relations Act, or may provide information on other government agencies such as the Human Rights Commission or other parts of MBIE.
The service is free, and your call is always confidential.