Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. Has the employee suggested that you have treated him badly due to his nationality?
Hi. From what the executive chef told me, the man said he was trying his best and wanted to do a good job, which was causing him anxiety. And that because of his lack of understanding of English, I was picking on him. So not sure if it was because of his nationality.
Is your manager aware personally of how incompetent he is?
When the man first started as a store man, my manager was very rude to him and got upset when he didn't understand the delivery notes and made mistakes with the deliveries. Then for some reason he put him in the kitchen when our regular store man came back from holiday. He knows the man is slow and untrained but thinks I have a magic wand I can wave, and make him fluent in English and a trained chef in a week, as I have inspired some chefs there previously.. My manager is also rude to other chefs and swears at them regularly. As in when he sent the man home yesterday. But today he has changed his mind and put me in the position of bad guy.
Has this employee only worked for your employer for 2 months in total or just in the kitchen for 2 months?
Part of the store mans job entails basic vegetable chopping and washing of salads. So from the first day he was working in the kitchen 50 % of the time.
Ok but how long has he worked there in total, this is important.
I'm not 100% sure as I didn't work with him originally. Maximum 3 months, but I think it is probably nearer 2 months.
ok I would suggest you first raise your concerns informally with your manager. As he has only 2 months service he can be dismissed for any reason , i..e incompetence so long as he is not discriminated against on the basis of his race or nationality. I would suggest you log all of the issues you have had with him without making reference to his nationality or difficulty in language. You should politely state that if you are not allowed to tell him he is underperfoming you cannot undertake your role properly and this concerns you. You should say that the implication that you have been bullying him also concerns you.
If this gets you nowhere you can raise a formal grievance to ask for your employers support in dealing with this employee.
The will have to balance his complaint against yours.
They cannot take action against you for bullying without evidence. His word alone will not be enough evidence.
If you have any further questions about this please do ask.
Thanks for your help