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The short answer is yes you can be dismissed, however your employer should follow a disciplinary and dismissal procedure if you are an employee.
(Generally, workers and freelancers are not covered under Disciplinary Procedures).
The Disciplinary procedure requires that:
If your employer does not follow a disciplinary procedure properly, or at all, and/or you think you have been treated unfairly and you have more than 12 months service then you may be able to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal (for more information their website is www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk).
There are various reasons your employer can dismiss you, but again there are procedures that need to be followed. There are some reasons for being dismissed that would be seen as automatically unfair if your employer did so and you can complain to an Employment Tribunal if you think you have been dismissed unfairly.
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