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Disciplinary, Grievance and Performance Management

Dealing with any sort of legal process can be intimidating and stressful, but our Employment Team is experienced in guiding individuals through the process and providing pragmatic advice in order to secure the best outcome.

If you feel that you are being treated poorly or unfairly at work, you may want to approach your manager or your employer about your grievances. This can be a difficult situation to navigate on your own, especially if you do not know the proper procedure to follow.

Whether you need assistance in defending a disciplinary action, submitting a grievance or simply informing your employer that their assessment of your performance is inaccurate, our Employment Team can assist you in giving advice on certain stages or can be actively involved throughout the whole process – we are here to assist you on the basis that you choose.

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Disciplinaries and Grievances

Dealing with possible disciplinary action

Disciplinary actions are a formal way for employers to address behaviour in the workplace. You should have an opportunity to give your side of the story at every stage of the process, from the initial investigation meeting to discuss why a disciplinary investigation has begun, through to appealing any decision made.

Your employer should have a formal process to follow when disciplinary issues arise, and the situation should be investigated thoroughly.

If you are subject to disciplinary proceedings, our Employment Team can work with you to explain the process that you need to follow in order to resist any accusation, or to appeal any decision. Whether you want general guidance on how to approach the situation or more comprehensive involvement, our Employment Team is best placed to advise you.

Submitting and dealing with grievances

Unfortunately, you may find yourself in a situation with your employer where you feel you’ve been wronged or mistreated in some way, at work. This may be because you have been the subject of discrimination, bullying or harassment, and you want to raise this with your manager. Although these situations can be difficult to navigate, it may be the only way to resolve the situation.

Your employer should have a formal procedure for submitting grievances which you should easily have access to – it would be worth, in the first instance, referring to your staff handbook, which should contain this policy.

As a first step, you’ll need to submit your grievance to your employer in writing and a meeting should be subsequently arranged in order to discuss the situation from which an appropriate action should be decided. If you are not satisfied with this outcome, you have the right to appeal the decision.

We understand how difficult it may be to approach your employer with a grievance and how delicate and difficult a situation that may put you in. For this reason, we always advise clients with compassion, so that a client always feels comfortable in the approach adopted and the process that will follow.

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