This is not harassment but it can be general unfair treatment, or if it is done deliberately – bullying.
As far as the official outcome is concerned, unless you are actually taken through a formal disciplinary hearing and found guilty there would be no formal assumption that you have done anything wrong and you should officially be viewed as innocent. Sadly that does not stop people talking about others behind their backs and gossip will always exist in a work environment.
In terms of dealing with this there are really only two possible options. One is to raise a formal grievance to officially complain about this and the people who have spread the rumours. The other is to resign and claim constructive dismissal. This occurs when the following two elements are present:
· Serious breach of contract by the employer; and
· An acceptance of that breach by the employee, who in turn treats the contract of employment as at an end. The employee must act in response to the breach and must not delay any action too long.
A common breach by the employer occurs when it, or its employees, have broken the implied contractual term of trust and confidence. The conduct relied on could be a single act, or a series of less serious acts over a period of time, which together could be treated as serious enough (usually culminating in the 'last straw' scenario).
Of course this is a drastic step so should only be pursued if there is no other way out and you strongly believe you cannot continue working there.
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