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Good morning, thank you for contacting Just Answer my name is***** am a solicitor and I will be assisting you today. Has the employer provided a reason for why they are not allowing a colleague or union representative to accompany you?
Thank you for the clarification, your employer is in essence correct, the right to be accompanied does not relate to welfare meetings or other informal meetings.
However, I would always advise employers that it is best practice to allow an employee to be accompanied in any form of meeting. I can see that you have tried to resolve this with the employer amicably the next step would be to go down a more formal route, and raise a written grievance in relation to how you have been treated and the lack of flexibility from the employer surrounding the meeting.
Glad to be off assistance, I note you refer to an illness and the fact that you are being invited to a welfare meeting you may be granted further protections under the Equality Act 2010 and the provisions that relate to discrimination on the grounds of disability this should be referenced in your grievance (if applicable).
I am sorry to hear about the current circumstance, if these matters are not resolved especially after you have raised your grievance and appealed. It would be worth contacting ACAS and entering into early conciliation.
This is a free and impartial service and the ACAS will endeavour to mediate between you and your employer, I often find that once ACAS become involved employers usually take further actions to resolve matters.
If after ACAS involvement has lapsed they will then issue a certificate, this certificate allows you to bring a calim to the employment tribunal if this is an avenue you feel you wish to explore.
I wish you all the best, ***** ***** not hesitate to contact me if I can assist you further.