(a) Filing. Grievances may be filed orally or in writing by any person, at any point of contact within government. If the grievance is misdirected (complaints about another department) the grievant shall be properly directed. The following types of action are typical of those which may be grieved, but is not all-inclusive:

(1) Performance evaluation;

(2) Leave (denial);

(3) Promotion;

(4) Letters of reprimand;

(5) Reassignment;

(6) Increment (denial);

(7) Hours of work;

(8) Discrimination or bias;

(b) Procedure. All departments shall have a 3-part grievance procedure, as follows:

(1) Each grievance shall be placed in writing, and resolution attempted by the appropriate supervisor at the lowest level.

(2) Failing resolution, the grievance shall then be elevated to an uninvolved higher level in the department, and the grievant allowed to present testimony in his behalf in an informal hearing. This hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures shown in the Personnel Operations Manual.

(3) If the recommendation of the hearing officer fails to satisfy the grievant, the case will be forwarded to the director for final decision. If the case is carried beyond this point by the grievant, it must be as an appeal to the board.

(c) Exception. In cases involving suspension, demotion, or dismissal of a career service employee, no grievance is filed. Since only the director may serve written notice of such actions, the only appropriate and allowable employee response is an appeal to the board.

History: Rule 10-81, eff 29 Jul 81, § 9.3.