Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
How long have you worked there for?
I was a temp for 2 years and have been permanent for 2 years
OK, thank you, please leave this with me - I will look into this for you, get my response ready and get back to you on here. No need to wait around and you will get an email when I have responded, thank you
Thank you so much.
Many thanks for your patience. Being placed on suspension is not an automatic assumption of guilt and does not amount to disciplinary action. It is there to be used as a precautionary measure whilst an employer investigates any allegations against the employee. Reasons for suspending could be in the case of gross misconduct, breakdown of relationship, risk to an employer's property, their clients or other employees, to preserve evidence or ensure it is not tampered with, avoid potential witnesses being pressured or intimidated, etc.
Any period of suspension should be as short as possible and reviewed on a regular basis. A knee-jerk decision to suspend, without considering whether this is actually necessary, or if it could be avoided, could result in the employer acting in breach of the implied term of trust and confidence. This could prompt the employee to complain to the employer, such as by raising a grievance.
During the period of suspension the employer should conduct a reasonable investigation into the allegations against the employee. If the investigation gathers enough evidence to justify the taking disciplinary action that could be the next step. In that case the employee has the right to be informed in advance of the allegations against them and be given the opportunity to prepare for the hearing.
On the other hand, if the investigation does not find enough evidence to justify a disciplinary, the employer should terminate the suspension immediately and allow the employee to return to work as normal.
In your case there has been an allegation made against you, but in the absence of any witness evidence to back up these claims and with the known history behind this, the employer should be very careful about how they deal with this and should not just make a decision based on a rumour. They really need to investigate this properly and assuming you have a clean record to date, they should not really consider dismissal, but may issue a warning to ensure there is no further animosity between you and whoever made the complaint. So certainly do not assume the worst yet and deal with the investigation which is the first step of a long process, which as mentioned may never actually get to the end.
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks