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Have you received a written warning?

Have you received a written warning? 

Did you think it was unfair? 

Do you know what your rights are?

Workplace disputes can be extremely stressful, and workers often make silly decisions in response to a formal warning, which results in the termination of their employment.

If a formal investigation has commenced into your conduct at work, you should seek urgent expert advice.

A warning is the first step to terminating your employment

If you have received a formal warning at work – whether it’s a verbal or written – you should take it extremely seriously.

A warning is a sign that your boss is deeply displeased with your work and/or your attitude or conduct.

In many cases, a warning is the first step to terminating your employment, and if it is valid, you should take immediate steps to address your performance, conduct or attitude which has been highlighted by your employer.

Have you been pressured to sign a warning that is unfair?

Sometimes employers will “stitch up” a worker who they might want to get rid of, and will use formal warnings as a way of creating “a paper trail” of evidence to justify a later dismissal.

You should know that you are not required to sign a warning letter and you should certainly not do so if you consider the warning to be unjust or unreasonable.

However, given that the letter will form part of your employee record, you should seek an immediate explanation from your employer and address your concerns about the written warning.

Your employer is legally obliged to give you an opportunity to respond to any warnings related to your conduct or capacity.

What makes a warning letter unfair?

A warning letter is unfair if it is vague about the reasons for the warning and does not provide any direction as to how you should remedy the situation.

Importantly, you should be given a reasonable amount of time to improve your alleged unsatisfactory conduct.

If you believe that the warning is unfair, you should seek urgent expert advice. 

How we can help

Our team at Industrial Relations Claims has extensive experience advocating for workers who are managing a dispute with their employer.

We can assist you with advice on how to handle your matter, and can advocate on your behalf during any formal workplace investigation.

In addition, we can draft written responses to any warnings or correspondence you receive during and following a workplace investigation.

If you have been terminated after receiving an unfair warning, we may be able to file a claim for unfair dismissal in the Fair Work Commission on your behalf. 

This process could result in you receiving compensation or an apology from your former employer, and it could also result in you being reinstated.

Keep in mind that strict time limits apply – you only have 21 days after the date of your dismissal to file an unfair dismissal claim, so don’t delay!

Please call Industrial Relations Claims today on

1300 045 466


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