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Can I check how long you have worked there for please?
When you say a 3 year contract it is a fixed term permanent employee contract or are you self employed?
Is there a clause for early termination, for example a notice period they must give you?
At this stage it appears they are simply investigating the allegations rather than disciplining you. By stating the outcome could be serious misconduct it would likely mean that you could then face formal allegations of serious misconduct for which you could be disciplined.
The correspondence is indeed a heated exchange but not something I would classify as gross misconduct worthy of instant dismissal. Usually your rights if you have less than 2 years service are somewhat limited specifically in a sense that you do not have protection against unfair dismissal. However, if you are on a fixed term contract with no contractual right to early termination, the employer cannot really dismiss you unless they have grounds to justify you were guilty of gross misconduct So whilst you will not have protection against unfair dismissal, you can have a claim for breach of contract for terminating a fixed term contract early without the right to do so. You can therefore potentially seek compensation for losses incurred as a result of terminating such a contract early. Of course that is on the proviso that it does end up in dismissal, which is not guaranteed at this stage.
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