The dismissal of an employee for Some Other Substantive Reason (SOSR) is a residual “catch-all” potentially fair reason for dismissal.
There is no statutory definition of the term, but the reason for dismissal must be substantial. Each case will depend on their own specific facts, and an employer is still required to follow a fair process. Any decision to dismiss an employee for SOSR must be ‘reasonable’ in all the circumstances.
Common examples of when an employee could be dismissed for SOSR include (but is certainly not limited to)
If you are an employee who finds themselves being dismissed from your employment and the reason given by your employer is that the dismissal is for SOSR, get in touch with a member of our specialist employment team to discuss your options, and seek advice as to whether the dismissal was fair and reasonable.