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  1. But racial discrimination is not based on nationality It is based on Race. Requirements for a visa are not based on Race they are based on nationality Personally I really think you are barking up the wrong tree but would advise anybody to get specific legal advice if they feel they have experienced discrimination of any kind. Do you have legal cover on any insurance policies? Or alternatively have you spoken to ACAS who may be able to help
  2. You are therefore saying that only non-whites (i.e. of a different race) require visas To test whether it would be racial discrimination ask yourself "if somebody of the same race had required a visa would they be in the same position" For example - had the job been given to a white Australian which then was brought to a close because the visa had expired and they could not justify the business requirement for that person to continue in employment - would you consider that to be racism? Or unfortunate in the current economy?
  3. I still feel you are trying to pull the racism card when there is no cause your wife required a visa to work here so was offered a fixed term contract to such a point as the visa expired. Some companies have a policy that people who have/require visas and work permits that have expiry dates are not entitled to permanent positions as the company can be held culpable if somebody overstays their visa "because they have a job that they can't leave" We have had an economic downturn and even the most profitable companies are cutting costs and filling the sandbags as the downturn is likely to continue. The one place most people are looking is at staffing levels. this couldn't have been predicted 2 years ago when the initial contract was agreed Unless your wife has experienced any direct racial attacks I don't think you can say the fact they have chosen not to renew a fixed term contract is racist Even if she were permanent her role may well be facing redundancy
  4. I would say that it is probably more something to do with our failing economy that she may be facing redundancy It's happening to lots of us at the moment and has nothing to do with where you are from or what you do
  5. Of course you got financial Gain ... just not physical cold hard currency Look at it this way ... you bought a game for £10 using your discount, you traded it in for £15 store credit which you then spent at the store on a second game you therefore got at least a £5 gain - and the company lost first of all on selling the game at a discount to you rather than for full price to a normal customer then again on the second game which I presume you again used your store discount to buy? i quite often will buy preowned games and then trade them in once I have played them and sometimes even make a profit on them - but I don't work for the shop I am essentially doing out of profit ... and I don't do it 10 minutes after buying it You must have known you were going to profit out of it or you wouldn't have done the transactions on the same day
  6. Have just noticed that you say there was no inventory No inventory .... No Deductions And they can't charge for a brand new carpet - only like for like taking into account wear and tear but then again ... No Inventory - no deductions as they have nothing to compare it against! Plus everyone else is right - sue him for the 3x your deposit as he didn't protect it (as is required by law)
  7. Unless they have actually made a levy (got a signed Walking possession agreement) they can't charge you anything other than the initial 24.50 & 18 whether they visit once twice or 6000 times
  8. from the sounds of it you did ask to be released from your notice period what were you expecting ... that you worked one week and got a months money and had things gone to plan started at your new job the following week and got paid from there too?? Am sure if your new job had started when expected you wouldn't even be questioning this. Hardly your old employers fault (unless I have completely misunderstood your question!!)
  9. When you signed up to the HCI and bikes to work initiatives you will have been advised that as long as you worked for them you get the tax breaks but that if you left any outstanding balance would be taken out of your final pay With regards to the holiday - if you have taken more of your annual holiday than you have accrued then of course they can claim it back - you haven't worked enough of the year to be entitled to a whole years entitlement
  10. why does it not seem fair? Most things you sign up to have a notice period, so why should your gym membership not?seriously - if you didn't want to be tied in then you would have had to pay every time you went to the gym and I'm sure you appreciate how much more that would have cost you.You are actually quite lucky as some gyms have a 3 month notice period. did you relocate overnight or did you know about it some time in advance?
  11. And most mobile phone contracts these days have free minutes as do PAYG deals so the argument could actually be that they are saving you money rather than charging you to call a landline?
  12. Was it a mistake to send via post rather than DX? I work in a law firm and if our fee earners want something sent by DX they provide the DX address for the letter on the dictation and if they want it sent by post they provide the address/advise to get the address off file?
  13. You say it's an issue about your race rather than behaviour - what leads you to believe this?
  14. I looked into it and discovered that Specsavers were still cheaper for my contacts as I also have an astigmatism. If I didn't need Toric lenses it would probably be cheaper over t'interweb!
  15. I wouldn't have thought you were entitled to your deposit (but may be wrong) My belief is that deposits tend to be non-refundable due to the fact that they are there to cover the costs of making a booking and any fees that have to be paid up front. I appreciate that you probably didn't want to cancel and hopefully had insurance in place to cover this eventuality - did the insurance not cover the cost?
  16. but who paid your wages? Was it the company you were doing the work for or the agency that hired you? Were you monthly or weekly paid? I've worked as a temp a lot and never thought that cos I was included in team meetings/ had the same security pass as others that I was a permanent member of staff I worked for one company for 3 years as a temp before a contract was signed making me a permanent employee. No matter how much I felt like part of the fixtures and fittings (and had been there longer than some of the permanent staff) at the end of the day I was a temporary employee who got paid weekly and at any point could have been given one weeks notice
  17. You should be able to take your holiday at the beginning of your maternity leave so that your actual maternity leave doesn't start until April and you don't return until April 09 ... and have an entire new holiday years worth of time to take!
  18. Maybe only 2 people have any definitive knowledge of this and the other 111 people don't want to comment/give advice in case they are wrong Personally I think (and I may be wrong) that you were an agency worker and as such were not entitled to any notice. Just as if you had not liked the job you wouldn't need to give any notice
  19. It always amazes me how little people research where they are going before they book their holidays. A tip for anyone wondering where to go check out tripadvisor.co.uk which regular people can put reviews of where you are looking at - and if the reviews are all saying it's bad ... don't book there! But also take things with a pinch of salt as some people will whinge about anything!
  20. It should say on the back of the bill what courses are open to you if you dispute the bill Your first port of call should be a letter to the senior partner of the firm (you can just write Senior Partner, Joe Bloggs Solicitors) advise that unless you receive a substantive response as to why your costs are unnecessarilly spiralling out of control then you will take the matter to the law society legal complaints (you can find the details at LCS: Legal Complaints Service home) To be honest with you I wouldn't pay any more money over and make sure all complaints are in writing
  21. First things first check whether they are insolvent. You can find this on Companies house - it will have an L after the name if in Liquidation, an R if with the receivers I'm presuming they are a limited company if you found them on Companies House? If they have not actually liquidated the company officially they are still there to get the money out of ... even if they have set another company up. Unfortunately I don't think you can transfer from one company to the other as one of the points of being a limited company is the limited liability PM me the name of the company if you want me to check them out for you Good luck!
  22. most places don't pay bonuses if you are not an employee on the date it gets paid. Your staff handbook will probably detail this
  23. The other benefit of being on the electoral role is that you can VOTE
  24. If the early settlement figure they gave you was £8200 they would have given you this in writing with a date it needed to be settled by If you still have this notification send them a letter with a copy of it and confirmation of the payment for the amount asking them to confirm that the loan is now satisfied Although 10k on a 3 yr loan for 6700 actually sounds more realistic to be honest ... I may be wrong though!!
  25. Just posted this on the other thread ... but here you go again! Did you have Gap insurance on the vehicle? If not then you probably do still owe Welcome some monies Think of it this way ... you borrow 7k over x years which would mean you actually pay 10k (for example) over the term of the loan The settlement gives them 8k - this doesn't end the loan as it hasn't paid it in full ... you would have had to discuss with them an early settlement figure If you did have Gap insurance with the loan (so that if the vehicle was written off in the first year your loan would be satisfied in full) then you would have to discuss it with them and submit a form to get it sorted - in the meantime you would have to continue paying As I say ... you may well still owe them money so make sure you find out where you stand before threatening them - they may well have done nothing wrong!
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