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Employee Relations – Grievance and Appeals

Employee Relations is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures.  We facilitate the mediation, grievance and appeals processes, and we also investigate allegations regarding illegal discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.

 

Correctional Managed Care employees should contact Charlotte Kearney at (903) 583-4464, extension 3357, or chkearne@utmb.edu for assistance.

 

How do I file a grievance or an appeal? 

In accordance with IHOP Policy 3.1.10 Grievance Policy, any employee may file a grievance as a means to present a complaint related to wages, hours of work, working conditions, merit raise, job assignments, performance evaluation, unlawful discrimination, reprimand or the interpretation or application of a rule, regulation or policy. The affected employee must submit a written request to Employee Relations in Human Resources. The request must be made within 10 working days following the date of the action. The failure of the employee to submit the grievance in a timely manner irrevocably waives his or her grievance rights.

 

In accordance with IHOP Policy 3.1.9 Discipline, Dismissal and Appeal for Classified Employees, disciplinary actions resulting in dismissal, suspension without pay or demotion may be appealed by the affected employee by submitting a written request for a hearing to Employee Relations in Human Resources. The request must be made within 10 working days following the date of the disciplinary action. The failure of the employee to submit the appeal in a timely manner irrevocably waives his or her appeal rights.

 

To file a grievance or an appeal request, please call (409) 772-7315 or email lmwalent@utmb.edu.

 

How do I request mediation? 

Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution involving an impartial third party, or mediator. The third party facilitates communication between the employees involved in a conflict or dispute to promote reconciliation, settlement or understanding of differing viewpoints.

 

Mediation is a voluntary process in which both parties must agree to participate. For more information, click here or contact Employee Relations at (409) 772-7315 or lmwalent@utmb.edu.

 

Where do I file a complaint of illegal discrimination, retaliation or sexual harassment?  

The University of Texas Medical Branch, in compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations, strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. In addition, UTMB is committed to provide a work and learning environment that is free from inappropriate conduct that is sexual in nature. Sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated. UTMB also prohibits retaliation against employees who report allegations of discrimination and/or harassment.

 

If you believe you are being subjected to any behavior which is prohibited by the institution’s policies and procedures, please report the incident to any member of UTMB’s management and/or Human Resources.

 

Related Policies and Procedures

IHOP 3.1.9 – Discipline, Dismissal and Appeal for Classified Employees

IHOP 3.1.10 – Grievance Policy 

HOP 3.2.3 – Nondiscrimination Policy

IHOP 3.2.4 – Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

IHOP 5.3.8 – Faculty Grievance Policy

IHOP 5.3.14 – Faculty Ombudsperson Policy

IHOP 8.1.4 – Workplace Violence


 

Helpful Links

Contact Employee Relations:
Phone: (409) 772-8696 

Employee Relations Team

Department Consultant List

Grievance and Appeals

ePerformance Employee Evaluation Tool

Preparing for Your Performance Appraisal

Effective Performance Management

Payroll Services

Emergency Planning

Employee Perks

Updating Licenses/Certifications

Employee Guide