Does wrongful dismissal (NB. I don't mean unfair) apply to workers who are not employees in England & Wales?
My understanding from my lecturer is that it does apply (it came up on a test question which I got wrong for not saying workers could be wrongfully dismissed). However, I find this confusing because our reading material and the lecture slides only reference an employee being wrongfully dismissed.
Example: In Introduction to Business Law (Lucy Jones, 5th Ed) it states: "If an employer dismisses the employee without giving him the notice agreed in his contract, or dismisses him in breach of his contract in any other way, then this would be a wrongful dismissal.”
This paragraph is stated after making clear the difference between 'worker' and 'employee'. Namely that employees are a subset of workers and where employees have a contract of service, workers have a contract for service.
I've also seen other sources which say wrongful dismissal happens when a term of an employment contract is broken. That also adds to the confusion since workers who are not employees don't have an employment contract.
So if workers can be wrongfully dismissed, why do so many materials talk about employees rather than workers?
(Computer Science is my main subject, not law, so I think I'm potentially missing some foundational knowledge that would make all this obvious.)