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They called me into a meeting and claimed that I had been overheard to say to a single customer that the business ran better when the manager was absent, which it did. That was it... suspended on pay for 2 weeks. There was no advance warning, no letter, no notification that I could be accompanied. They did not present evidence other than hearsay. Monday july 7 returned to be told i was dismissed. This was confirmed in a letter dated July 7: "Your conduct was unsatisfactory". Reasons for dismissal : "Bringing the company into disrepute".
Yes, I stand by that. I was the only full-time employee other than the manager and I'd been left for months to keep the business going whilst he went off on a long honeymoon and then spent most of his time away developing a new venture. He was hardly ever present and would then reappear for a brief time and cock things up.