Grievance Procedure for Employees
If you’ve experienced or been confronted with conflicts in the workplace, you may feel like you don’t know where to turn.
With workplace grievances, it’s always best to seek a resolution before it gets to Tribunal stage, causing added time and expense.
If you would like to raise a grievance or appeal but don’t know how to go about it, our employment solicitors can help. It is important to make sure that you are addressing all of the issues you may have in the correct way and we are able to help you with the preparation of your grievance or appeal, aiming for you to get the best possible outcome for your situation.
Our employment lawyers can assist you with any employee dispute and help you to reach a resolution. Whatever your circumstances, we can talk you through your options and offer support with any meetings you have with your employer.
If things cannot be sorted at this early stage, we also have the knowledge and experience to assist you at an Employment Tribunal.
A grievance is any concern or complaint that you wish to raise with your employer. This can relate to just about anything, from pay to treatment by your employer or working conditions.
If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, you should write a formal complaint in accordance with your employer’s grievance policy; normally this goes to your line manager first and include HR.
You should check your employer’s grievance policy, however it’s usual practice that your employer expects you attend unless you’re ill.
It’s understandable that you would not want to attend the meeting; it’s a stressful and often emotional process and can seem overwhelming. However, it’s important to be present so that you can present your case and stand your ground. It may be that the procedure can be done in writing, but it’s best to check your policy first.
You should always be given an opportunity to appeal if you are not satisfied with the outcome. Your employer should then arrange another meeting to discuss your appeal, which should involve a different or more senior manager.
Our employment solicitors can help advise you on workplace grievances, whatever your situation. We can also advise on disciplinary hearings, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing. Call us on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.