Disciplinary and appeal hearings

If your employer has asked you to attend a disciplinary hearing it is important that you put forward your case as clearly as possible. You need to explain what happened, justify your actions and mention any mitigating factors. A disciplinary hearing can be a stressful experience and it is easy to forget what you want to say in the heat of the moment. Not mentioning something at the disciplinary hearing can have important consequences should you later decide to make a claim to the employment tribunal.

Support is available to help you prepare for the disciplinary hearing by explaining what will happen, assisting to prepare a written statement and making sure you know your rights. We recommend that you do not go to a disciplinary hearing on your own. It is helpful if somebody accompanies you so they can take minutes and support you. You have a right to have a work colleague or a trade union representative go along with you. For help with a disciplinary hearing, click here.

If the outcome of the disciplinary hearing is your dismissal, or a sanction that you believe is too severe you should consider appealing the decision. Support is available to help you write an appeal letter and prepare you for the appeal hearing. You have the same right to be accompanied at an appeal hearing as for a disciplinary hearing. For help with an appeal hearing, click here.

If you are not a member of a trade union or do not have a colleague to go with you to either a disciplinary or appeal hearing we might be able to arrange for somebody to represent you at the hearing. Please contact Birmingham Peoples Centre if you would like to discuss being represented at a hearing.

Our representation service is supported by the Community trade union. You can find out more about Community here.