Support at Meetings
Unfair Dismissals Direct is proud of its record of success in obtaining justice for dismissed employees. However, we don’t stop there.
We know how stressful it can be when you are notified of a disciplinary meeting that your employer has directed you to attend. They invite you to bring a support person to the meeting, and you know the meeting is unlikely to be positive. You dread the prospect of being dismissed.
At Unfair Dismissals Direct, we know one of the purposes of a disciplinary meeting is to afford an employee the opportunity to respond to allegations of poor performance and/or misconduct. From an employers’ perspective, disciplinary meetings are often used to lock an employee into a version of events that can be relied upon to justify dismissal. In fact, the employer may have already made up its mind to dismiss the employee, and is simply looking to get admissions and/or concessions from the employee, to reduce the risk of a successful unfair dismissal claim.
You may feel uncomfortable inviting a work colleage, friend or family member to accompany you to the disciplinary meeting as a support person. Confidentiality might be compromised, you perceive there could be a conflict of interest, or you just might not know how to respond in a way that protects your job.
Our Industrial Relations Specialists are available to travel to your workplace, for the purpose of accompanying you to a scheduled disciplinary meeting and discussing your options with you. Your specialist will meet you at an agreed location on the day, discuss your situation, and let you know what you can expect during the meeting. They will take detailed notes throughout the meeting, and speak with you during any break. At the conclusion of the meeting, you can speak with your specialist about the meeting and your options moving forward.
Many of our clients remain employed following our attendance as support person at disciplinary meetings and we believe our attendance influences the employer’s decision following the meeting. Your specialist can disclose to your employer that he or she is from Unfair Dismissals Direct, if you wish. It’s entirely up to you.
Charges for our advice and support services are highly competitve and are based on the location of the meeting and the time spent with you. If you need support, contact our friendly team without delay on 1800 347 647. Don’t wait until you have made admissions or concessions that could mean the difference between keeping your job and being dismissed.