FHANA Grievance Policy
- Members wishing to submit a grievance about another member must do so in a signed, dated, written correspondence. This should be submitted to the Executive Director with clear indication that it is a Formal Grievance.
- FHANA will not entertain grievances arising from business dealings between members, including but not limited to stud services or the buying and selling of horses or semen. Members should use contracts to protect themselves and can resort to the court system for redress when necessary.
- Upon receipt of a proper grievance, the Board will consider whether it is within FHANA’s providence to consider the matter and whether there is good cause to investigate the matter. If so, FHANA will appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter and report back to the FHANA Board as to whether any action should be taken. In that event, formal proceedings may be initiated in accordance with Section 5.6 of the Bylaws.
- The FHANA Board can also investigate matters and initiate proceedings on its own without there having been a formal grievance from a member. This would include, but is not limited to, making fraudulent representations to the Board and/or filing specious grievances.
- Under the Bylaws, FHANA’s only recourse is the suspension or termination of membership. FHANA has no authority to impose fines or other sanctions.