How to file a grievance against your boss

Updated February 21, 2017

Experiencing problems with your boss is not pleasant. Sometimes, an occasional irritation can progress into a legitimate need for formal action. You may need to stand up for yourself and file a grievance. You do need to be very careful, however, about the manner in which you do this. This is an extremely important action that can have lasting effects on your career. If you file your grievance in the proper manner, you may be able to improve your current work situation as well as your future career options.

Collect your data. If you file a grievance, it must be based on actual events. If your boss is behaving unfairly or unprofessionally, keep records of this with details and dates of each event.

Check your company's policy about how to file a grievance. There may be certain forms to fill out and specific channels to go through. Following policy can help to get your grievance reviewed by the proper people in a more timely manner.

Type a professional report (or fill out the proper form) that is based on the data you recorded. Be as brief and concise as possible. Cite specific incidences, when they occurred and how they violated company policy.

Refrain from personal attacks or unprofessional descriptions. When you write your report, do not vent or use nasty tactics such as name-calling. This will paint you as the problem right away.

File the grievance as soon as possible. If you have enough evidence to file a grievance, do it in a timely manner. Waiting too long will decrease your chances of being effective in your efforts.

Practice discreet behaviour. Do not discuss the grievance with other employees.

Remain open to suggestions and personal reflection. You may not receive the response that you desire from filing your grievance. Be open to the possibility that your work behaviour may need some modifications as well.

Consult with an attorney if you feel that you have been violated legally.

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