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Rank your points

If you have an active case, either as a representative, or a litigant in person, grab a pad of paper and try this exercise. It will probably take about 10 minutes.

Without looking at any papers, write down everything that the respondent did wrong. Try to write in short sentances, with one point per sentence.

For example:

  • They didn’t let me bring my union rep to the meeting
  • Nobody talked to Alice, who could have told them what happened
  • Dismissal was much too harsh. I just lost my temper for a moment
  • They didn’t let me ask Tom any questions during the meeting
  • Bill shouldn’t have been the one running the appeal. He was involved in the original incident
  • This sort of thing happened all the time, it was unfair to punish me but nobody else.

You will probably find that many of your points are connected. So group those together under general headings.

  • The disciplinary process wasn’t run properly
    • They didn’t let me bring my union rep to the meeting
    • They didn’t let me ask Tom any questions during the meeting
    • Bill shouldn’t have been the one running the appeal. He was involved in the original incident
  • The investigation wasn’t good enough
    • Nobody talked to Alice, who could have told them what happened
  • Dismissal wasn’t a fair sanction
    • Dismissal was much too harsh. I just lost my temper for a moment
    • This sort of thing happened all the time, it was unfair to punish me but nobody else.

Now, rank these general points in order of importance.

  1. Dismissal wasn’t a fair sanction
  2. The investigation wasn’t good enough
  3. The disciplinary process wasn’t run properly

This list is what your case is about.

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