The grievance procedure
Every employer must have a procedure for dealing with employees’ problems and complaints. Employees cannot go to an employment tribunal before they have gone through this grievance process first. This should be outlined in your employee handbook or you can ask your Human Resources department for a copy.
If you feel that you are being discriminated against in your workplace, here are some steps you can take:
- Keep a diary as evidence
- Talk informally to your manager/ HR/ Senior manager to see if they can resolve the matter
- Talk to your Union Rep if you have one
- If the matter is not dealt with this way, submit a formal grievance in writing. Your employer should arrange a meeting with you within 28 days. If they don’t respond within 28 days, you can go to a tribunal.
- You can make an appeal to your employer if you are unsatisfied with the grievance outcome.
- Seek advice! Not all grievances can go to tribunal.
If you have spoken to your managers about the discrimination you have been experiencing and following all the steps of the grievance process the matter is still unresolved or you arel unhappy with the decisions taken, then you could consider going to an employment tribunal.
Depending on the nature of the complaint fees may be attached.
There are time limits on how long you can wait before going to a tribunal. This is usually three months on from the incident about which you are raising a grievance. This means that you need to make sure the grievance process doesn’t take you over this time limit.
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