By: Simon B
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Making a complaint
Your employer has to have a grievance procedure in place, which sets out how you can go about making a complaint about some aspect of your working conditions. Amongst the most common reasons for employees to complain are bullying, harassment, and discrimination by other members of staff or by their immediate line managers. Your complaints have to be fully and fairly investigated. Sometimes employees have cause for complaint, but are too worried about losing their jobs to speak up, or perhaps the problem is with their immediate boss.
Sometimes an employer starts a disciplinary procedure against an employee, and the reason that employee hasn’t been doing the job properly is because of a problem in the workplace. If that happens to you, you should consider starting a grievance procedure. Make sure that you read your employer’s grievance procedure carefully and follow it and get help from your union or CAB.
Many complaints that you can bring to an employment tribunal require you to enter into a grievance against your employer and wait 28 days before complaining to the tribunal. If you don’t, the tribunal may refuse to allow your claim to go ahead, and any compensation you’re eventually awarded can be reduced by as much as half. It’s very important to take advice before you take action.