Hi - I made a formal complaint at work about bullying and retaliation by my boss. (eg he took away part of my line mgmt after I made 2 informal complaints that probably embarrassed him and did this weeks after my mother died. this is just one example of more than one incident.) The person assigned to investigate the complaint is a close friend of my boss. He found that there was no evidence and dismissed it. Indeed, he ignored some of my evidence and based it solely on testimonies rather than dates and certain facts (as in the above being something that can be clearly shown to have happened chronologically). Three of the people interviewed are line managed by me. 1 told me the process felt unsafe for me and her - so I told her that she and others could just say "I don't remember", which they did. The above is less of an issue than the fact that the guy investigating it then decided he would send out all the testimonies, etc to anyone interviewed. This seemed really punishing and odd to me, since most of the people interviewed are managed by my boss and myself. I was able to stop that but he stilll went on and sent an email to all of them basically insinuating that I had lied and made it all up - naming my boss and myself. Maybe I'm wrong but this seems to have abused my right to a safe, confidential complaint. I feel very much punished and publically shamed for something I did in good faith. I am now looking for a new job as a result. Am I offbase or maybe just too biased? :) Thank you.
Thanks but it is quite a small company. The owner is also friends with everyone in senior mgmt (including my boss and the person who handled the complaint). It feels like a mess.
I do not feel safe appealing. The whole thing was humiliating and incredibly anxiety-inducing already.
Do I have any other options externally, as I am very afraid to do anything else internally?
That's what I was afraid of. Doesn't seem quite right that they can get away with punishing me for making a complaint and my only defense is to quit :(
Thank you, though.