Raising a grievance
What is a grievance?
- Pay and working conditions
- Being bullied at work
- Disagreements with colleges
- Unfair treatment and discrimination
How to raise a grievance?
Your employer should have a formal procedure or process for raising a grievance whether formally or informally and it is important to follow this process, where possible. You should be able to find details of your employer's grievance procedure and process in your Company Handbook, from HR or Personnel department, on your HR intranet site or even in your contract of employment.
If your employer doesn't have a formal procedure, you can always follow the ACAS Code of Practice.
The Code of Practice sets out standards the best practice of how a grievance process should be run, which is all about fairness and reasonable behaviour that employers and employees are expected to follow in these situations when dealing with a grievance.
Should the grievance be in writing?
How to raise a formal grievance
who you should send it to
If there is no workplace grievance procedure, you approach your line manager first. If you do not feel comfortable doing that, you should approach someone else you feel comfortable talking to such as another manager or someone in HR.
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The grievance should be in writing to whoever is most appropriate and should set out the nature of the grievance.
What the grievance is about
Any supporting evidence or information
What you would like your employer to resolve the problem
If you take out a grievance, it's always a good idea to keep a copy of your grievance and a note of exactly what happens and when.
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