An employee is dismissed when the employer ends the employment relationship. This is commonly referred to as “being fired”. In most cases a dismissal involves an employer expressly telling an employee that they are no longer employed (or will no longer be employed at some date in the future). However in some circumstances, such as a constructive dismissal, a dismissal occurs for legal purposes, even if the employer has not expressly told the employee that they are dismissed. A demotion can be seen as a dismissal at law if the demoted position is significantly different from the original position.