On 11th February, I was assaulted at work, My Boss witnessed the Assault, at least in part.
I ended up, shaking, uncontrollably afterwards for a number of days, Doctor prescribed Anti Depressants and Signed me off work, for 2 weeks.
I returned to work, Spent just over a week, back, and was roistered to work with the chap who assaulted me,
I complained to Management, also management had done nothing about the incident which had made me Ill 3 weeks previously! I chose not to report it to the Police or make an official complaint, as due to the nature of the Incident, and the fact that it had made me unwell, it was my bosses responsibility.
(a similar assault happened, a couple of years ago, with a different driver)
However I ended up having a heated argument with my Boss, which resulted in me, having to leave as I felt unwell, was in quite a distressed state (as was my boss by the end of the discussion) This was entirely justified on my part, as the situation should never have occurred in the first place and I felt threatened by being forced to work with the Gentleman in question, and I feared for my safety.
I went back to the Doctors and was signed off work again, by which time, I really was a mess, was off work, for about 2 weeks,During which time, a meeting was held at work, at my request, in order to air my grievances and shortly aferwards the Doctor certified me fit for work, but I was not to work over 30 hours, as he felt going back to the hours I was working could make me Ill again (basically put on a 3 day week) I had a Return to Work, Interview, where I was informed I was being suspended because of the way I had spoken to my Boss in the argument prior to me becoming Ill for the Second Time.
They have now called a Disciplinary hearing, and I'm facing potential dismissal,
Just wondered, if it was right that a Victim of Assault, should be treated like this, as had management dealt with the matter correctly, the argument with my boss wouldn't have occurred in the first place!
Why didn't management deal with the Incident that occurred originally, in an appropriate manner, as they are duty bound by the health and Safety act?
Why as a Victim of assault, am I being made to be the guilty party, and am being made to explain my actions, which should not have been necessary in the first place?
I have worked for the company for a number of years, and I feel gravely let down by the manner in which, this situation is being dealt with.
This is having a damaging affect on my mental state, especially given the circumstances, and I am worried that it may have an affect of causing deformation of character, hearsay or word of mouth, that goes around in the industry, regarding such problems.
The Problem has now been reported to The Police.
The Disciplinary hearing was held on the 2nd of April 2014, and on the 4th of April I was Dismissed for Gross Misconduct (The argument I had with my Boss)
I appealed the Dismissal, producing a Doctors letter, giving evidence of my recent illness and was told, that had i produced the Doctors letter at the Dicaplinary hearing that the Outcome would have been different.
As I have now taken New employment I had no desire to be reinstated, however I asked for my notice pay, which was declined, even though they had agreed that I had been wrongly dismissed.