What exactly is a wrongful termination grievance letter? It is an official document, a letter addressed to your ex-employer, informing them that you do not agree with the termination of your employment.
If you believe you’ve been fired for an unlawful reason (such as discrimination, breach of contract, whistleblowing, etc.), you may have grounds for a wrongful termination case.
The first step is usually to file a letter of grievance with your ex-employer. This letter may also be referred to as letter of dispute, appeal, or complaint.
The letter may be written by you personally or an attorney, but it is usually best to consult with an attorney (or a union delegate if you are a union member) before filing the letter, to find out if you have a valid case and what to expect.
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Free wrongful termination grievance letter examples
Below, you will find a few free samples of grievance letters you can use to create a letter of your own and send your ex-employer. Feel free to copy and paste them, just make sure to fill them out with your information. All fields that need changing are CAPITALIZED, and all notes to be deleted from the letter are in (parenthesis).
Dear XY (ADDRESS TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF MANAGEMENT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO)
I am writing this letter to lodge a formal grievance regarding my discharge on DATE.
The provisions of my work contract state that i have to receive at least 2 official notices of infractions prior to getting discharged. However, I found myself terminated without having obtained any infraction notices whatsoever. A copy of my contract has been attached.
On DATE after arriving at the company’s main office at ADDRESS in the morning, I was asked by my supervisor, NAME, to immediately go to his office. I entered his office to receive my letter of immediate termination.
I have been working at EMPLOYER for the past LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT, during which time I have not been given an unfavorable performance review, nor have I had any irreconcilable disagreements with any of my supervisors or colleagues. Please find copies of my last 4 performance reviews, dating back X YEARS.
The sudden termination of my employment status constitutes a breach of my employment contract. I am requesting an official hearing between my supervisor and his manager, to find out
I respectfully request a reply to my grievance letter by MONTH 1st. I will be compelled to think about alternative legal solutions, should I not receive a written reply by that time.
- employment contract
- 4 performance reviews
- letter of termination
Elements of a grievance letter
Your unique case might not fit any of the samples from above, so it’s important to know the most important things you need to include in an official wrongful discharge grievance letter.
Below, you will find a guide on how to write a grievance letter for wrongful termination. There are several important things you will want to take into consideration when wording your letter of complaint to your former employer, so it is advisable to touch on all of the subjects listed below in your grievance letter.
It’s a good idea to get some legal advice when crafting your grievance letter. JustAnswer.com’s employment lawyers are online 24/7 to quickly answer your questions.