Checklist for Personal Grievance against Employer



The first thing to do, if you have a personal grievance, is to raise it with your employer.

You have to do this within 90 days and if the employer does not resolve or deal with the problem you can take your grievance to the Employment Relations Authority.

You have the grounds to bring a personal grievance claim if any of the following situations apply to you.

  • You have been unjustifiably dismissed whether for work performance, misconduct, illness, injury or redundancy.

  • Your employer has changed your employment conditions in a way that you believe has disadvantaged you.

  • You have been sexually harassed at work by your employer or by a co-worker, customer, or client and your employer has not taken any steps to deal with it.

  • You have been discriminated against at work on the basis of sex, marital status, religious belief, colour, race, disability, ethical belief, political opinion, employment status, family status, sexual orientation, union activity involvement etc.

  • You have been racially harassed at work by your employer or a co-worker and the employer has not taken steps to deal with it.

  • Your employer has subjected you to duress or pressure because you belong to a union or because you don’t belong to a union.

You have 90 days from the date of the grievance to raise your personal grievance claim; otherwise the Employment Relations Authority will not consider your case.

You don’t have to put your grievance in writing, but you need to inform your employer. This involves taking reasonable steps to inform your employer that a personal grievance has occurred and that it must be addressed.


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