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City of Bradford MDC v Pratt - Grievance procedure NOT properly done [2007] EAT

In general, tribunals construe the statutory "grievance procedure regulations" leniently in favour of employees (since October 2004 employees have had to use special procedures to attempt to settle most claims "out of court" before an employment tribunal can entertain a claim). This is a rare example of a case in which the EAT, overruling an employment tribunal, has held that an employee failed to comply with the regulations. The result is that the employee is now too late to bring her claim to a tribunal.

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