The Modern Quilt Guild
Unfair Treatment & Grievance Code
The Modern Quilt Guild is proud to be an equal opportunity organization with a
zero-tolerance policy that applies to all forms of discrimination and unequal
We try very hard to ensure that everyone, including staff, members, volunteers,
sponsors, vendors, and visitors, is treated fairly and with courtesy and respect in
all MQG spaces and MQG events. Sometimes, unfortunately, we get it wrong.
We take all grievances seriously and aim to resolve them quickly.
If you feel you have not been fairly treated by the MQG, someone connected
with the MQG, or an attendee, instructor, sponsor, or vendor at an MQG event,
then you need to tell us and we will work with you to reach a satisfactory
The MQG Unfair Treatment and Grievance Code explains how to file a grievance
and sets out the steps we will take together to resolve it. We thank you for your
patience while we work through the procedure with you. In order to maintain
the integrity of the review process, we respectfully ask that all parties pause on
commenting outside of this process until the process is complete.
Unfair Treatment and Grievance Code
Tell us what is wrong.
You can send your grievance to a member of the MQG staff, a Board
Member, your regional representative, or your ambassador (for Region 5
members), either in person, by phone, via email, or in writing. Anything
you say to us will be treated as confidential. Information will be shared
with a third party only when absolutely necessary and only then with your
Contact details: EquityOfficer@themodernquiltguild.com
Tell us what we need to know.
Please tell us as much as possible about your grievance, including what
happened, when it happened, where it happened, who was present at
the time, and what you would like the MQG to do about it.
It’s always a good idea to document your recollection of events as soon
as possible after it has happened to ensure the most complete and
accurate report. Please safeguard any other materials, including photos
or emails, that are related to the event.
What you can expect to happen.
a. The grievance will be passed to the MQG Equity Officer who will
acknowledge your grievance in writing within seven (7) calendar days
b. The Equity Officer will consider your grievance and may ask you for
further details. This will happen within 21 calendar days of receipt of
c. An initial review of the grievance will take place within 28 calendar
days of receipt of the grievance or within seven (7) calendar days of
receipt of your reply to a request for further information, whichever is
d. You will be notified in writing of the result of the initial review within
seven (7) calendar days of the date of the review.
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The potential results of a review.
The review process will result in one or more of the following courses of
a. The reviewer may request an extension of time to more fully explore
the merits of the grievance.
b. The reviewer may make an offer to settle on terms agreeable to both
c. The reviewer may offer to arrange an informal meeting to discuss and
resolve the problem.
If all parties agree, an informal meeting will be arranged where the grievance
can be discussed in the presence of an independent
third party (appointed by the Chair of the MQG Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion committee or their nominee) acting as an observer.
The terms of any settlement agreed upon will be recorded in writing
and signed by both parties who will then each receive a copy of
the agreed settlement.
d. The reviewer may offer to arrange a formal mediation session to
resolve the problem.
If all parties agree, a mediation meeting, monitored by an
independent mediator (appointed by the Chair of the MQG
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee or their nominee) will be
arranged. The mediator will act as a neutral negotiator who will try
to find an informal way of settling the grievance which satisfies both
parties. The terms of any settlement agreed upon will be recorded
in writing and signed by both parties who will then each receive a
copy of the agreed settlement.
e. The reviewer may arrange for a formal hearing of the grievance with an
independent panel to hear the case and decide on an outcome.
At any point, either you or the MQG can request the Equity
Officer that an independent panel review be arranged where both
the grievance and the MQG’s response to it will be considered by
an independent panel of three persons selected by the Chair of the
MQG Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, at least one of
who will be unconnected with MQG. Supporting evidence may
include written statements and witnesses. With the prior written
permission of both parties, the hearing may be recorded. The
panel’s written decision will be sent to the parties within five (5)
weeks of the end of the hearing.
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f. The grievance may be dismissed. If the review process finds there are
no grounds for the grievance, it will be dismissed and you will be
provided a written explanation of the grounds for rejecting the
Please notify us if you need any special arrangements or accommodations to
ensure you can take full part in any meeting, such as assistance with a hearing
or sight disability, an interpreter, step-free access to a building, or other
An appeal is a reconsideration of the decision or outcome reached by an
independent review panel and/or the basis for that decision. It is not a reinvestigation. An appeal is not possible for an agreed-upon result achieved through settlement, informal meetings, or mediation.
a. Either party may appeal the result of the independent review based
on one or more of the following grounds:
b. New evidence is available that justifies a change to the
c. The decision was unfair because the procedure was not properly
c. The decision was unreasonable.
Appeals from either party must be made in writing and addressed to
the Executive Director of MQG. The appeal will be sent within ten (10)
calendar days from the date of the decision of the hearing panel.
The Executive Director will, within 14 calendar days of receipt of
appeal, appoint a suitable independent person to consider the
appeal and will invite the non-appealing party to send written
representations within further 14 calendar days.
The consideration of the appeal will normally take place within 12
weeks of the initial submission of the appeal. The person considering
the appeal can choose one of the following courses of action:
Confirm the original decision.
Vary, or alter, the original decision.
Overturn the original decision and make a new decision.
Overturn the original decision and order a new hearing by a
e. The appeal decision will be based on the written statements from both
parties. A written decision with reasons will be sent to both parties
within 28 calendar days of the date of the consideration.
f. The appeal decision is final.
Preservation of records:
When the issue is resolved, all records of the grievance, including emails
and any other documents will be securely retained by MQG for a period
of two years following the resolution date, after which they will be
destroyed. Records will be treated confidentially and are subject to data protection