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I filed a grievance against an
elementary principal during the school
year 2016-2017. I had a teaching job
offer in another school district I
believe I no longer have the position
due to the grievance. The new principal
has reviewed the grievance I believe
my name has been removed for this
teaching job offer.
Asked on August 11, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
There is no inherent legal right to file a grievance, unless you have a contract, including a union or collective bargaining agreement, giving you that right, or unless your position is a government one subject to civil service rules allowing for grievances. In the absence of a contract or civil service protections, you are an employee at will and *may* legally be retaliated against for filing grievances (or, for that matter, for essentially any reason at all, since employees at will have no job protections and no enforceable rights in or to their jobs).
If you do have a personal written employment contract, fall under a union or collective bargaining agreement, or are subject to civil service rules, you need to review that contract or those rules to see what your rights are in this situation.
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