Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Is the employer taking formal disciplinary action against you?
Apologies for the delay in responding, the system had not informed me that you replied to my initial query. Are you still in need of help as I am happy to continue this discussion with you? Thanks
Thank you, please find my response below. What you have been told so far is more or less correct in a sense that if the person who is involved in this wants to take part, they should not be doing so to avoid any potential bias. This may not be possible in small companies where the management structure is very limited and one person has to deal with everything, but in bigger companies where there are other managers who can do this, someone independent should be assigned to deal with the procedure.
In order to fairly defend yourself you need to be given the opportunity to see the allegations against you and prepare your own defence. This could involve asking witnesses for information and whilst you may be prevented from seeing them face to face, they could be forwarded your questions and allowed to provide an answer. The employer should not change the questions you have asked of the witnesses and you have the right to expect them to be given the actual queries you have sent to them. The employer could ask these people different questions as part of their own investigation but you should also be allowed to ask your own. If the employer thought that they were in some way inappropriate then they should have told you in advance and given you the chance to amend them if necessary but they cannot just change them without consulting with you first.
All of these points can allow you to lodge an appeal following the outcome of the disciplinary and challenge the matter that way.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Hi, sorry to hear about that, can I just check how long you worked there for please?