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Woman raises grievance after returning from maternity leave

20 January 2010

On our client’s return from maternity leave to a large investment bank, she felt that she was not warmly welcomed back, was not given her previous clients back to work with and was prevented from getting involved in new business.  She didn’t know what to do so she came to us. We advised her that this may be sex discrimination if connected with her period of maternity leave and advised her to raise a grievance.  Raising a grievance is required by the ACAS Code if you later want to bring a claim and avoid the risk of a reduction in your compensation.  We helped our client through her grievance, which involved an investigation, a grievance hearing and then an appeal when her grievance was not upheld.  In this case matters could not be resolved and we ended up negotiating a very favourable exit from the company for our client.