Two staff members complain separately about a work colleague but do not want to be identified. What do we do need to consider?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 June 2013
Arthur Cox
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Where an employee wants to remain anonymous when raising complaints against another employee, the employer should first try to establish the reason for the request for anonymity.

The reason for the request and the motives of the complainant need to be explored. In doing so the employer should carry out a balancing act between that perceived need and, in the event this is a potential disciplinary issue, the accused's need to know details of the case against him/her. In disciplinary proceedings, witnesses' anonymity may be protected.

It is not always necessary as a matter of course for the employee to know the identity of witnesses. What is important is that the employee knows the case they

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Arthur Cox
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