- grievance griev‧ance [ˈgriːvns] noun1. [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES a complaint made by a worker to an employer, usually because they feel they have been treated unfairly:
• All shopfloor grievances will be passed on to management.
• You must pursue your complaint through the grievance procedure (= the system that a company has to examine and discuss workers' complaints ) .2. [countable, uncountable] the feeling that you have been treated unfairly by someone:
• Although she had been effectively demoted, she felt no grounds for grievance.grievance against
• The fire may have been started by someone with a grievance against the oil industry.
* * *grievance UK US /ˈgriːvəns/ noun► [C or U] a complaint or a strong feeling that you have been treated unfairly: have/nurse a grievance against sb »
He has been nursing a grievance against the company for several years.► [C] HR an official complaint by an employee that they have been treated unfairly: file/raise a grievance »
An employee may file a grievance against a manager in accordance with the provisions set forth in their contract.»
The aim of a grievance procedure is to encourage fairness in the handling of workplace problems.
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