I have worked at the company for 3 years and 1 month - I joined Aug 2012.
It certainly feels that way, every few week he seems to have a dig or I am being collared into a meeting room for some issue or the other.
Before he became my manager, I had joined his team from another division and my pay was different to his. He constantly harrassed me during that time about how much I was being paid and I shouldnt have any issue in doing this new role as I am being paid enough. I raised this with my manager at that time and he did nothing. Instead he told him about my grievance and he started asking me questions which i felt was a breach of privacy. (this was last year May- July time).
In Sept 2014 he became my manager and the first thing he stated was I now know how much you are being paid which I felt was very unprofessional. From Sept - Dec 2014 he was not supportive as a manager and used to dissappear from the office early etc. In Feb 2015, we had a company restructure and our roles altered, at this point I had mentioned to another manager I do not want to report to him going forward as I do not get support, help and Im sick and tired of the digs. my manager reports to this manager who i aired my concerns with. The manager had stated please get along with him for my sake I just want an easy life. From March 10th to present date I have aired to his manager that I feel victamised and bullied and the stress it has caused on me and my unborn child is unfair when my performance (as we work in sales) has not been affected. He does not see how my manager has been unfair at all. In fact, when I told them I was pregnant, & I am suffering with morning sickness they made no allowances or understood that travelling to work has a impact and i do have to get off the tubes to be sick or to take a breather and as a result I will be late and at most I was late by 15 mins. I was penalised for being 1 min late on several occassions. I had expressed in several emails that this is unfair and is stressing me out. As the team is a male dominent team, before my 3 months scan I didnt want anyone to know i was expecting. His manager stated that I should tell the team as they are querying why I am being late and not being charged with a £1 fine. My colleagues, if they are late into the office, they are charged a £1 fine but it is not recorded, whereas I was not charged a £1 fine but my latness was recorded despite it being for a justified reason. In June this year, they had tried the disciplinary route and stated that last year I was constantly late even though this was never discussed in an email or meeting. therefore my argument was, you have no justification to target me now. Each email that has been sent to me by either my manager or HR I have stated that I am not happy. after the disciplinary meeting was dropped his manager asked me how I was feeling at which point i stated I was unhappy, felt victimised and it was unfair to do this to someone who is pregnant.
Since this, a male employee has had a baby and was allowed to work from home despite us having a no work from home policy - when I had asked if I could work from home due to back pains (which was covered by the docs note) they stated No I am not allowed. The HR rep constantly ignores me in the office & gives me dirty looks (as she has a close relationship with him inside and outside the office).
I was due to speak to the HR director about my issues however I wanted to rectify the miss pay issues and I had given HR a back dated docs note (which I have not heard anything about). But unfortunatly they had attacked me first with his gross misconduct investigation.
During this investigation meeting over a week ago, I expressed that me and my manager have a strained relationship and is this another targetted offence, to which they stated no but also dismissed what I had stated because during that meeting, I had stated that another colleague was inappropriate towards me over a year ago but I do not wish to pursue this further and yesterday they asked me further details about this but not about my manager.
I feel that it is very unclear why I am being treated differently furthermore, why i am being investigated for gross misconduct
Thank you very much :)
Sorry, I do have one last question,
As my manager saw a msg on my screen from another employer which he felt was a "cause of concern" (although I have not been asked anything about this message and there was nothing untoward about this message either nor has my manager stated I am actively bullying or being racist to anyone) Do they have the right to look into all emails/ messages on my laptop and proceed with gross misconduct?
Also, the words that they deem as racist was in another language (Punjabi) which was not used or intended to be used in a racist term. The word to me means saucepan, pan - in other words saying someone is Dim, plank of wood etc whereas they are assuming it means black.
Given the fact that my employer is predomentley from a white background and do not speak punjabi, Can they interpret the word to suit them? and do they need to get an official translator to interpret the word? And will my intention be counted for if he proceeds to a hearing meeting?
My doctor has given me a sick note for my last two weeks before my due date & has signed me off as "unfit to work" due to stress, as its also affecting the baby's movement which now has to be monitored for the next few days.
Are my employers allowed to force me to have a conference call/ meeting during this period? And Can I request that I deal with there allegation when I return?
I'm at 35 weeks and I really cant be dealing with the stress of it all, its affected my sleep and im worried it will affect my baby too.
Unfortuately they have stated that the meeting will still go ahead and a decision will be made with or without me or a representative can attend on my behalf. It genenuinly feels that want me out at whatever cost.
Also the employee handbook states that I can postpone the meeting to five days, the original meeting was Tuesday and they have reschedule the meeting for Friday (which is not five days), Are they allowed to do this?
Also, as I was unable to attend the meeting for my allegation, they have stated that this is on hold until i either attend the meeting which is after my investigation meeting, or i submit my report. Either way, they are not temporarily suspending the investigation to listen to my allegation first. Is this correct?
What are my options at this point?
well it seems that they want me out the company at whatever cost. the report that they have given me contradicts what I said, when they told me their version of the translation of the word, i did not agree that was the case - so i dont feel that its a fair investigation either way & I feel like im being cornered.
I have copied there reply below, as i am slightly concerned at their response:
Thank you for your email and for sending across your doctors’ notes, we are very sorry to hear that you are unwell.
"We have rescheduled your disciplinary hearing for Friday 18th September at 11 am, XXXX will now be chairing, please find attached letter confirming the details. We appreciate that this is a very stressful time for you and in order to minimise your stress, if you wish, we are happy for you to send your representative to the hearing on your behalf or alternatively you can make a written submission stating your case which will be considered at the hearing. Please note that this hearing will go ahead and if you are unable to attend, a decision will be made in your absence.
We have also rescheduled your grievance meeting with XXX and XXXfor Friday 18th September at 12.30pm. As we are yet to receive the details of your grievance, we will not be proceeding with this meeting in your absence. If you wish to go ahead with this meeting, again if you are unable to attend, we are happy for you to send a representative along or provide a written submission which will be investigated and responded to.
With regards ***** ***** questions below, the purpose of a disciplinary hearing is to give you the opportunity to respond to the allegations being made against you and ask any questions you may have relating to the investigation and/or process, therefore we will address any further questions you have then.
Please be assured that we wish to resolve this matter swiftly and minimise any additional stress this process may be causing you so that you can focus on your health"
Again, they refuse to answer my questions regarding why they viewed all other email correspondents when none of the emails related to my manager and why they refuse to answer the question about a male employee not being suspended during his investigation - i feel that I have ever right to ask these questions before the hearing. I have also requested for the email chain of the allegation along with the date and time it was sent as I feel that it coincides with a email i sent about being reimbused for my back dated days off.
Do I send a report for both investigation and my allegation? Can i ask them for a SAR (subject access request) for all details, emails that have been sent about me?
As I wont be attending the meeting at all, as my baby is my priority right now being at 35 weeks. how do I go around this?
Also they have pressed with the investigation meeting before my allegation meeting dispite me stating that its a "contrived miss conduct" - again is this allowed?
I really dont know what the best thing to do right now.
ok, thank you for all your help. :)