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Filing a Civil Service Grievance Appeal

Who can file a formal civil service grievance?

  • Any category “C” or “D” regular, full-time civil service employee may process an employment grievance.
  • Any category “C” or “D” probationary civil service employee may file a grievance except for those related to his/her performance rating or dismissal.

On what grounds can I file a grievance?

  • Improper application of rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Unfair treatment, including coercion, restraint, or reprisal
  • Discrimination because of race, religion, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, disability or political affiliation
  • Disciplinary actions taken against him/her without proper cause
  • Improper application of fringe benefits or improper working conditions
  • Demotion, suspension, or dismissal

How do I file a formal grievance?

  • Grievances must be filed in writing, preferably using the Formal Grievance Form, within seven (7) calendar days from the event, and/or from the date of notification of disciplinary action (exclusive of holidays), unless this is beyond the control of the employee.
  • Termination and disciplinary action grievances should be filed initially with the first level of supervision above the employee’s supervisor who caused the action, with a copy to the county Human Resources/Civil Service department.
  • All other grievances should be initially filed with the employee’s immediate supervisor

Downloadable Form and Procedure Policy: