Sunday Night Blues?
As January draws to an end and most of us have forgotten what New Year’s resolutions we actually made, it’s time to look to the year ahead. We spend the majority of our week working but how many of us are happy in our job? Some people bounce into work every Monday knowing that they are appreciated by their bosses and that their work has meaning and challenges them. For some though, that Sunday night feeling hits hard and they dread the start of another working week. Whilst it would be very rare for someone to never have a bad day, for some though, how they are treated in work can have a detrimental effect on their health.
If you think that you are being treated unfairly in work because of, for example, a disability or your sex you could bring a claim against your employer. What if you feel that you are being bullied and harassed by a colleague or manager? Whilst sometimes personality clashes are inevitable if you are truly being victimised you do not have to stand for it. An employee should initially make use of any internal grievance procedure to see if their complaint can be dealt with satisfactorily by their employer before bringing a claim to the Industrial Tribunal.
Every employee has certain employment rights and if an employer isn’t adhering to these you may have a case against your employer. Examples of these rights are maternity rights, sex discrimination rights, disability discrimination rights and a right not to be unfairly dismissed.
It is important that if you wish to bring a claim against your employer you must do so within 3 months of the alleged complaint or 3 months from the date of dismissal whether or not an internal grievance procedure is on-going.