Being subjected to disciplinary action by your employer can have far-reaching consequences. If you are accused of gross misconduct or incompetence, it may result in your dismissal and damage your future career prospects. It is therefore important to obtain legal advice as early as possible so that you are able to present a comprehensive defence against any allegations against you.
Your employer is under a legal obligation to follow a fair and transparent disciplinary procedure, which must comply with the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary Procedures. They should also deal with any disciplinary issues promptly and consistently, hold any meetings with you without delay, undertake an investigation to establish the facts and inform you of the complaint against you. They must then invite you to attend a disciplinary hearing to allow you the opportunity to present your defence before any disciplinary sanction is imposed. They must also offer you the right to appeal against any formal decision including any decision to dismiss you. You have a statutory right to be accompanied to any disciplinary or appeal hearing by a work colleague or Trade Union representative.
We can advise at every stage of the disciplinary process from suspension through to the disciplinary hearing. We can also help you at the appeal stage and if you wish to raise a formal grievance against your employer.
We have extensive experience of handling disciplinary action by employers and can provide you with comprehensive advice on your options including how to handle any disciplinary or appeal hearing. We can also advise you on any tribunal claims you may have against your employer including any claim for unfair, constructive or wrongful dismissal and help you to negotiate a favourable severance payment.
We will always offer you a FREE, no-obligation telephone consultation followed by a reduced fixed fee meeting to give you comprehensive advice and support on your employment issues.
We can advise you either by telephone or at a face-to-face meeting at our offices. We also offer out of hours and weekend appointments to help you to obtain early advice and support.