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Case studies - What happens at a Grievance Meeting

Mrs H contacted Which? Legal for advice on a grievance meeting that she was about to attend.

She told our lawyers that she was due to attend a grievance meeting and did not have anyone at work that could attend it with her. She wanted to know whether she could bring a friend along.

Our lawyer advised that she would only be able to invite a friend if her contract of employment gave her a contractual entitlement to do this, which would normally be very unlikely.

Legal points

The only right that you do have is to take a work colleague or union representative. However, there’s no harm in asking if you can bring a friend or relative along from outside the workplace. The employer has the discretion whether or not to permit this.

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