If your employer takes dismissal action against you have the right to appeal the decision with your employer before taking your case to an employment tribunal. In fact, a tribunal may reduce the amount of compensation awarded to you should you win your case if you did not appeal to your employer. You should set out your request for an appeal in writing to your employer.
Address the letter to the decision maker on your dismissal. Include a heading in bold stating “Appeal against dismissal.” Make sure that you include the date on your appeal letter.
State in your letter that you are appealing against your employer’s decision and explain why you disagree with the decision.
Include as many grounds for appeal as you feel are appropriate. You might feel that your initial explanation for the circumstances around your dismissal was not given sufficient consideration or that dismissal was too harsh a sanction.
Mention your previous disciplinary record if it is clear. You should also bring up your length of service with the company if you have been there for a long time.
End your letter stating the name of the person that you would like to attend your appeal hearing with you. Once you have written your appeal letter your employer should then arrange a further hearing to hear your appeal and your representative should be able to attend.
Present your case at the appeal hearing, expanding on the points made in your letter. Have somebody take notes for you at the meeting. Your employer should then write to you with a final decision at which point you can decide whether you wish to proceed to a tribunal.
Contact your trade union representative for advice on writing the letter if you are a union member.
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- Contact your trade union representative for advice on writing the letter if you are a union member.