Our client asked for our advice in connection with the dismissal of an employee for theft of the client’s property at its offices.  We advised on the disciplinary procedure and internal grievance procedure, which was complicated by the fact that the employee was signed off work throughout the procedure and had made several allegations of race and religious discrimination against the member of staff investigating the theft.  Following the dismissal, the employee brought claims for race and religious discrimination in the Employment Tribunal.  We persuaded the claimant to withdraw his claim on the basis he had failed to wait the required 28 days after having raised a grievance, as required by the statutory dismissal and disciplinary procedures.