Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
It is indeed possible to raise a grievance as a result of your witness statement, as after all these were comments made publically by you and even if they were the truth, the employee could still disagree with what was said, because after all this was still your personal opinion. Even when someone speaks the truth, it does not necessarily mean that it would be accepted by those to whom it refers and if they disagree with what was said they could raise a grievance. It would then be for the employer to investigate the allegations and decide on whether any further action needs to be taken
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a grievance should indeed be raised without unreasonable delay unless other things have changed since and for example new reasons have come out to take this further now, rather than at the time. So the employer should consider the reasons for the delay and question these. It does not mean the grievance will be automatically rejected but it could affect the strength of the complaints. Whether the statement went to court or not would not really be relevant, these were still comments made by you which that person has seen so they can act upon them if necessary.Hope this answers your follow up query?
Civil action for what? What claim does this person have against you?
well no that does not really give them the right to take any civil action, this is something they can go through with a grievance but not take you to court for