Sample grievance letter

You might find it helpful to look at more information on grievance letters.

The following is a sample grievance letter based on the case described in Precedent 1.

Dear (Mr Venables or his boss or H.R.)

I am writing to you because I am concerned about Mr Venables’ reaction towards my pregnancy. When I told him I was pregnant on 1st October, he said, “You make me think about things”. I did not know what he meant. Then on 4th October, he telephoned me and said that business was down and my performance was unsatisfactory. He said he had warned me about this before, which is not true. He had never told me before that there was any problem with my performance. Then he said, “You don’t know how your pregnancy will go and how you will cope with the workload. You won’t be able to get up early and after eight months, you’ll sleep more”. This really shocked and upset me and I burst into tears. Since then, I have been excluded from the monthly management meetings, which I was always asked to attend before.

I am not aware that there is anything wrong with my performance. Business is down everywhere because of the recession. Mr Venables did not blame me for it until I told him I was pregnant. I have every intention of continuing to work hard for the hotel and I am fully committed to my job. Mr Venables obviously feels that my pregnancy is going to harm my work. I feel very demoralised and worried about my future. I hope you can resolve this for me.

Yours sincerely

Roanne Walker

[Note to reader: This is a grievance letter which the claimant could have written before she was dismissed. In fact, she did not raise any grievance.]

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