Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

What is a grievance procedure?

A grievance procedure is a process to enable employees to raise a complaint or dispute arising from their employment. Employers often have details of their grievance procedure contained within their Company or Office Handbook. If not, the ACAS standard procedures apply.

How long does a grievance procedure take?

Whilst there is no strict time limit for an employer to deal with a grievance, it is important that an employer acts reasonably by dealing with the grievance in a timely fashion.

Can I be dismissed for raising a grievance?

Victimisation can occur when an employer treats an employee unfairly for making a workplace complaint or raising a grievance relating to sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination etc. An employer leaves themselves susceptible to the employee making a claim for victimisation if their conduct results in an employee suffering a detriment.

For more information, or to discuss your case, please contact our employment law specialists Maureen Cawthorn or James Hodgson on 01422 339600.


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