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Have you been treated poorly by your employer and you want to know what your rights are?

Or are you an employer and an employee has taken a personal grievance claim against you and you want to know what you can do about this?

At Collins & May, our employment team are very experienced in dealing with personal grievance claims on behalf of both employees and employers.

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A personal grievance is a type of claim that an employee can bring against their employer if they feel that their employer has acted unfairly or unreasonably towards them.

Some of the most common reasons that a personal grievance is raised by an employee are:

  • Unjustified dismissal;
  • Unjustified disadvantage;
  • Workplace bullying;
  • Discrimination;

There is a particular process when raising a personal grievance that must be followed. For example, an employee only has 90 days to raise a personal grievance against their employer from the date that the grievance arose. After 90 days, an employee can only raise a personal grievance in very limited circumstances. Also, you cannot raise a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal if you are on a 90-day trial period.

Once a personal grievance is raised, the claim can go many ways. Sometimes it is as simple as reaching an agreement between the parties as to an outcome that suits everyone involved. However often parties cannot agree, and the dispute will result in mediation where the parties discuss the matters and reach a settlement agreement.

We would always suggest seeking legal advice before raising a personal grievance if you are an employee, or acting on a personal grievance notice if you are an employer.

It is important that if you want to take a personal grievance against your employer or if you have been notified that an employee is taking a personal grievance against you that you follow the correct process.

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So, if you think you may have a personal grievance claim, or you want to know whether your employee’s personal grievance is justified, get in contact with our employment team and we would be more than happy to help.