Formal Grievance


Do you need to know how to write a grievance letter to your employer to enter the grievance procedure, due to a grievance you have at work? has a free Grievance Letter Template example, which you can use to send to your employer, which encompasses UK employment law. This page last updated 3.1.19.

You may be asking yourself why write a grievance letter to your employer at all? I will tell you why, click here. also contains information relevant to employment law, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, employee rights and the grievance procedure. is written to aid employees who are considering lodging a letter of grievance. This site includes a grievance letter sample of what you could state within your own formal grievance letter, and includes employment law and employment rights respective to England, Scotland and Wales. Alternatively you can purchase the Grievance Letter Template UK for only £12.00.The Grievance Letter Template UK encompasses UK employment laws germane to (i) work related stress, (ii) workplace harassment, and (iii) discrimination in the workplace. also covers topics such as:- workplace stressworkplace bullyingworkplace harassmentsex discrimination in workdisability discrimination at workpregnancy and workhealth and safety at work, your employers duties of care for your health and safety in work. It also gives a break down of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Entering The Grievance Procedure

In entering the grievance procedure, your employer ought to  follow the acas code of practice. The ACAS codes of practice are guidelines for your employer to follow. However, the grievance procedure is no longer [statutory].

Just because your employer follows the acas code of practice, does not mean that it won’t conduct a sham grievance procedure. This usually ends up with the aggrieved employee claiming constructive dismissal in an employment tribunal, due to the employer operating an unfair grievance procedure or acting in a capricious manner.

Employment tribunals receive a lot of claims for unfair dismissal. Claiming unfair dismissal in an employment tribunal is usually due to the employer treating the employee unfairly, where the employer fails to observe the terms of the employment contract. Claiming unfair dismissal is the last resort. The very purpose of writing a grievance letter is not only to invoke the grievance procedure, but also to collate the evidence which you need to bring your employer to an Employment Tribunal if necessary. Therefore, it is essential that before you lodge a grievance letter with your employer, that you know the do’s and dont’s of the grievance procedure – see grievance letter template aid.

The reason I recommend that you should purchase the grievance template letter aid, is that having written hundreds of grievance letters for employees, the grievance letter template puts your grievances in an erudite and articulate manner, and which encompasses the law germane to work related stress, harassment and unlawful discrimination, with express particular disability discrimination whereas the working environment has triggered either panic attacks or depression – usually both.

An employee who has been subjected to a systematic campaign of harassment and intimidation by working in a hostile and oppressive working environment, will often exhibit the aforementioned ‘impairments’ which qualify for protection under the auspices of the Equality Act 2010, as ‘protected characteristics’.

Employee vs Employer contains all the tools you need to write a knockout grievance letter to your employer. It also includes UK employment case law, employee rights and legal terminology, which I have placed in [“parentheses”] to aid you in establishing and structuring your own grievance letter. It is a must read for any employee considering lodging a letter of grievance or employment tribunal claim due to either work related stress, work harassment, or discrimination in the workplace.

Entering the grievance procedure is like navigating a minefield, which is strewn with traps and snares to catch out unsuspecting employees’ who fall foul of heavy handed employers. Disgruntled employees’ lodge on average 5,000 Employment Tribunal claims every week. However, as of April 6th 2014, before you can lodge a claim to the Employment Tribunal you first have to contact ACAS to provide pre-claim conciliation. Put short, ACAS will attempt to reach a settlement between you and your employer to obviate the need to pursue the litigative route. No doubt, this will reduce the number of claims going to the Employment Tribunal. Whilst I appreciate the Ministry of Justice is seeking to reduce the burden on the Employment Tribunal Service by having ACAS attempt to reach a settlement between employer and employee, I can only speak from my own experience with ACAS whereas I was given wrong information. In fact, I was told by ACAS I did not even have a claim. This position by ACAS was wholly misconceived. I went on to obtain an settlement with my employer after spelling out the law within my grievance letter.

This is why I cannot understate the importance of your letter of grievance to enter the grievance procedure, as the letter of grievance is the foundation on which you will build, in the event you need to pursue a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Your letter of grievance will form part of the bundle of documents, which you will submit to the Employment Tribunal.

If you go to my Testimonials page (September 2013) a client of mine (Paula from Staffordshire) pursued a claim through the Employment Tribunal herself and won. Within the Testimonial which Paula has given me she states that throughout the Tribunal Hearing the Judge kept referring back to the letter of grievance, which I had custom drafted for her. Thus, the importance of the grievance letter cannot be understated. I offer a custom grievance letter service, so if you want me to outline your grievances within your grievance letter to your employer for you, then contact me within business hours on 07775943414 (see my testimonials page) and I will draft your letter of grievance to invoke the grievance procedure.

Most employees who write a ‘grievance letter’ to their employer [fail] to familiarise themselves with UK Employment Law. This is vitally important, and should be the first step undertaken prior to entering the grievance procedure and or writing a grievance letter. Establishing a well written letter of grievance will lay a solid foundation on which to build your case upon, in the event you need to refer to an Employment Tribunal or Court.

Employment law is complex, and I am not a solicitor. Therefore the content of this site is not to be construed as legal advice. However, having personally been through the grievance procedure and Employment Tribunal process, and successfully procured financial settlements for my wife and I, I want to share with you my own experiences, so that you can avoid the common pitfalls, which you will undoubtedly face during the grievance procedure.

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