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Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there for and why do you believe you have been singled out - what are the reasons for that in your opinion?
Thank you. I have without doubt been singled out, as I have been sanctioned for an accident that a few colleagues have also had the misfortune of previously, and did far greater damage. It is generally understood by many colleagues that this matter is one of certain discrimination. Also, I was recently sent for a health check, presumably to check my faculties'. There were no problems with this, and the management were verbally condemned by the company's health department. I noticed, and was shown, the referring report by the nurse.It was suggestively derogatory in every sense. I will be sent a copy of this soon, which is perhaps helpful. I wondered if employing a lawyer to deal directly with the matter would be against internal procedure. I would however respect your direction in how I go forward with matters.
It is not usual for a lawyer to get involved unless you have a formal claim against your employer. There is nothing stopping you from getting a lawyer to write to the employer to highlight the issues you are experiencing and ask that the employer deals with them but there is little they can do to force this and all they would be doing is pleading with the employer - they have no power to make any changes. So getting a lawyer at this stage may be costing you unnecessary money as all they would be doing is the same as what you can do yourself. The only advantage I can think of is that if this comes from a lawyer it may show that you are taking this seriously and may prompt them into acting but there is no guarantee that would be the case.
In terms of what an employee who is the victim of bullying/harassment/unfair treatment can do to try and deal with such problems, the following steps are recommended:
In general, try and gather as much evidence as possible before considering making a formal complaint and certainly before going down the resignation route.