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How to raise a grievance with your employer

May 6, 2021 | Employment

What is a grievance?

A grievance is a formal complaint made by an employee, usually when they feel negatively affected by their employer. 

Grievances may be raised in relation to a number of circumstances. Some examples are the following:

  • The way that you are being treated in the workplace- treatment could be related to bullying or discrimination.
  • Terms and conditions of your employment contract.
  • Things you are being asked to do in your role that you are not comfortable with.

Sometimes the best way to resolve a problem at work is to talk to your employer informally.

How to raise a formal grievance 

Your company should have an internal policy which outlines how to raise a grievance with your employer such as in a company handbook or other document. If so, you should follow the grievance policy guidelines.

If there is no internal policy document, you should speak with your manager or someone in HR. You should explain what the grievance is about and provide any evidence you may have which supports your grievance. You should also include details on what you want your employer to do about the issue. The grievance should be made in writing. 

You may be able to take your grievance to a tribunal if your employer does not follow procedure. If you decide to take your grievance to the employment tribunal, there is a strict time limit on doing so. You must make a claim within 3 months minus 1 day from the date in which the thing you are complaining about last happened. 

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The information provided does not amount to legal advice.