Your question answered: Ignoring grievance policies

By Jeff Salton on June 4th, 2018
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  2. Misconduct


My client’s employee chose not to use the employer’s grievance policy process and instead lodged an application direct to the FWC, alleging discrimination over being pregnant.

If employees have a right not to use the company’s grievance policy to resolve the matter – why have one at all? Would the employer be able to discipline the employee for then not abiding by the employer’s policy?


It is still important to have a grievance policy as, hopefully, most disputes will not result in legal action.

Having a policy means that employees have a straightforward method of raising issues, it also gives you a process to rely on that has been openly communicated to its employees.

But you should not discipline the employee for not abiding by your policy.

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