Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there for? Did you answer any questions in the cross-examination?
Hello, for you to lose your job the employer would need to show that you had committed such a serious act that it amounts to gross misconduct. In the circumstances, you agreed to act as a witness you attended the hearing, you answered a number of questions there but eventually found the situation too much and simply could not answer the rest. This is not misconduct. No one can intimidate you to provide answers and as a witness you can choose what you answer, as long as you tell the truth. Citing ‘no comment’ is not lying and it is being dishonest that would amount to misconduct. So in the circumstances whilst you may not have been as helpful as one would have hoped, it does not mean that it is misconduct and if the employer is seeking to dismiss you then it is likely that this would be an unreasonable response and any dismissal is likely to be unfair. This means you would have the option of challenging it in the employment tribunal if necessary.
I hope this clarifies your position? If you could please quickly let me know that would be great, as it is important for us to keep track of customer satisfaction. Thank you
Hi sorry I was offline by the time you had replied and have only just returned. I cannot say with any degree of certainty whether this would go anywhere or not, especially as the employer is the one who calls the shots here and it is impossible to predict what they are going to do. It is one of those situations where you will have to wait and see how things turn out and deal with the situation depending on what happens. My earlier answer referred to the legal position and that the employer may find it difficult to justify a dismissal as being fair - they can still dismiss you but you would then be able to challenge the fairness of the dismissal if necessary. So that is why t is best to play things by ear and monitor how the situation develops - you could be worrying over nothing but only time will tell
Does this clarify your position?
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