Free grievance letter templates & examples

Free grievance letter examples for you to utilise at work:

a) Suspended, Back Injury & Equal Pay View example

Here the client has originally taken time off work with a bad back, actually caused by working too many hours. Rather than help him, they move him to an inferior role with less responsibility. He then finds out that he is being paid less than some female counterparts. When he flags this up, he is suspended for breaching confidentiality! This template grievance also comes with a without prejudice letter setting out how much money the employee is asking for and why.

b) Bullied & discriminated against for depression View example

Mr Smith was suffering from depression, and rather than try to help, his employer decided to try to make working life hell for him. This grievance also includes a ‘without prejudice’ section letter setting out amounts of money for settlement negotiations.

c)  Salesperson with commission cut View example

In this example, an English sales manager within an American software sales company has had his commission structure completely changed without any discussion. Technically, possible claims here include breach of contract, constructive dismissal & nationality discrimination. With the help of this grievance he managed to negotiate a very favourable exit package, and he even had a job lined up to go to. Bonus!

d) Executive demoted & benefits changed View example

In this example, the employee was a Director of a large building supplies company, and he found his package of benefits was changed unilaterally. He had to quit and submit this grievance to get a brilliant settlement package. Technically, possible claims here include constructive dismissal, breach of contract & disability discrimination.

e) Grievance appeal letter template View example

This example carries on from the template above whereby the Director was forced to resign. The employer responded with a grievance outcome letter, and this was the grievance appeal letter submitted by the employee. Again it was a very successful outcome.

f) Off sick with depression & not given a payrise  View example

This example concerns an employee from a large telecoms company who was on long term sick with depression. Whilst off sick she found that she was passed over for a pay rise. This grievance letter resulted in a decent payout for her.

g) Made redundant by bank after complaining about manager View example

In this example, the employer was a bank and the employee was made redundant very quickly after reporting her line manager for entertaining clients in strip clubs. It looked too much like a coincidence, and when we started asking searching questions in this grievance letter about the redundancy procedure, the bank eventually gave a good settlement agreement, having originally been talking very tough through its in-house lawyer. Possible claims here include unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.

h) Constructive Dismissal after TUPE transfer View example

This grievance letter example features an employee with 12 years of loyal service who’s employer merged with another company in a Tupe transfer. He was then sent rude emails, bullied, threatened with a PIP (performance improvement plan) and effectively demoted by having his responsibilities changed. The aim was to force him to resign by ‘managing him out’. Here were wrote an open letter for him to be treated as a grievance and pointing out that this treatment amounted to constructive dismissal.

We also wrote a without prejudice letter which goes alongside this grievance letter, so we have set out the without prejudice letter here as well (under the grievance letter if you scroll down in the page).

i) Grievance Letter for Redundancy whilst on Maternity Leave View example

This grievance letter example is from a case whereby our client was managing a UK branch of an international company, and then when she went off on maternity leave she was made redundant. This was tantamount to unfair dismissal, and we wrote to the employer pointing out the faults in their redundancy process.

j) Redundancy consultation – employee first letter View template

This letter is from our a case whereby our client was being made redundant after he blew the whistle on malpractice. The employer was also trying to offer him only 3 months’ notice pay, when in fact it was supposed to be 3 years! This is first in a series of letters in this case, k), l) and m) are the rest of this case.

k) Redundancy consultation – employer first letter View template

This letter is a response from the employer in our case whereby the client was being made redundant after he blew the whistle on malpractice. The employer was also trying to offer him only 3 months’ notice pay, when in fact it was supposed to be 3 years! This is one of a series of 4 letters in this case (2 from each side), j), l) and m) are the rest of this case.

l) Redundancy consultation – employee second letter View template

This letter is from our a case whereby our client was being made redundant after he blew the whistle on malpractice. The employer was also trying to offer him only 3 months’ notice pay, when in fact it was supposed to be 3 years! This is one of a series of 4 letters in this case (2 from each side), j), k) and m) are the rest of this case.

m) Redundancy consultation – employer second letter View template

This letter is the employer’s reply to our letter appealing against redundancy from our case whereby the client was being made redundant after he blew the whistle on malpractice. The employer was also trying to offer him only 3 months’ notice pay, when in fact it was supposed to be 3 years! This is one of a series of 4 letters in this case (2 from each side), j), k) and l) are the rest of this case.

n) Whistleblowing grievance appeal discovering fraud View template

A grievance appeal concerning victimisation due to whistleblowing. These two employees discovered overcharging within their large employer whereby customers were being systematically ripped off. When they reported this, they were actually tasked with investigating it. This lead to them losing money in the form of commissions but also being victimised in other ways.

o) Redundancy grievance appeal for pre determined consultation View template

A grievance appeal concerning a redundancy situation whereby our client was singled out unfairly. The process was predetermined, the consultation was inadequate and a colleague was unofficially given the nod to take over the job when our client was going to be ‘made redundant’.

p) Flexible working discrimination grievance View template

In this grievance letter our client was a high powered banker who put in a request for flexible working to look after her daughter. After starting to work from home, her line manager began ostracising her to the point whereby she had no choice but to negotiate a settlement agreement to leave with her head held high.

 
 
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