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I have worked at the University for 5 years this August. And no I did get a warning which was on my record for a year, and that was four years ago - hence the fact that this was a mistake as I would have in no way abused the system as I was that embarrassed the last time it happened
And this was a £2.40 postal packet?
I am just really devastated a person from EBay took it upon themselves to contact my employer and for my employer to send me the letter that I am being investigated while I am currently on leave because of my grief and stress
Yes it was £2.40 the top she won on EBay was £1.20
I'm still at a loss to understand why ebay contact your employer. Do you know why they did that?
Alex to be honest I am not sure what the University postal charge was on the franking as I didnt see it - I had charged the EBay buyer £2.40 as I posted other letters that day in the post office up the road, I have put the wrong package in the internal University email and take the other post (including University letters) to the post office
The EBay buyer had emailed me, but because my Father was ill in hospital - I emailed her back and told her I had more important things to worry about and to get a life! My Dad was taken into hospital on Friday morning and died the following Saturday 14th June - so I missed her emails and then she emailed me again to say that she had contacted the University and they werent happy with me - I didnt reply as I was devastated at my Dads death and how it happend
I did say in my first email to the EBayer that a close family member was seriously ill
No worries. Your employer has to investigate this in a fair way and give you an opportunity to explain the situation including your personal difficulties. Any action they take must be proportionate to the allegation. I expect, given your good character to date and your personal issues, that either they will give you a verbal or written warning. I think it highly unlikely that a dismissal will follow. But there is nothing in wrong in law with Ebay contacting your employer from whom the packet was sent (they would have a defence to disclosure under s.35 Data Protection Act anyway) and there is nothing wrong with your employer wanting to investigate this (for all they know it could have happened more than once).
Im just amazed that they could contact me while I was off work and not have waited till I was back to work rather than putting this amount of pressure on me while I am off on the sick through the terrible loss I have suffered? And I just dont understand human nature, I have no idea why someone would be so cruel as I would have refunded the postal money to her if I had been in the right frame of mind when I receive her initial email and not sitting by my Fathers bed in hospital
No problem thanks for coming back to me
Yes. I agree it does appear very insensitive for the amount of money involved. If you wish you can raise a grievance with your employer about that. They really should have been more sensitive and their actions of contacting you in the circumstances you've mentioned could potentially amount to harassment.
Thank you Alex