Ben, Just over ten years
Apologies slight delay, I experienced some temporary connection issues earlier on. All seems to be resolved now so I can continue with my advice.
It is true that the ACAS guidelines are just that – guidelines and do not have firm legal backing. What it means in reality is that if an employer fails to deal with disciplinary or grievance procedures in accordance with the ACAS Code, if the employee then presents a valid claim in the employment tribunal, it can increase the employee’s compensation by up to 25%. However, you cannot just make a complaint to follow the Code and you are looking at making some other claim first, such as dismissal, constructive dismissal or discrimination. In your case the most likely claim would be dismissal, but to pursue this you would have to resign from your job first, so it can be risky. If you do not wish to do so then your only options of pursuing this would be through the internal grievance process.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Yes that's great. Thank you very much Ben.
you are welcome, all the best