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Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there for?
Hello sorry I was called into a rather lengthy meeting before you managed to get back to me. It is not necessary to suspend someone who is facing allegations on grounds of misconduct. Suspension should only be used as a last resort by the employer and in circumstances where the employee's presence is likely to damage the business in some way or have a negative impact on other employees, clients, etc. So the fact that you have not been suspended is realy a non-issue at this stage - the employer could till proceed with formal disciplinary action if they believe it is necessary.
The main issue here is that if you have been continuously employed at your place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will be somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as their decision is not based on discriminatory grounds (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, a disability, sexual orientation, etc.) or because you were trying to assert any of your statutory rights (e.g. requesting maternity/paternity leave, etc.).
If the dismissal had nothing to do with any of the above exceptions then you would not be able to challenge it and your only protection would be if you were not paid your contractual notice period. Unless you were dismissed for gross misconduct, you would be entitled to receive your contractual notice period. If you did not have a written contract in place you would be entitled to the minimum statutory notice period of 1 week. Your employer would either have to allow you to work that notice period and pay you as normal, or they will have to pay you in lieu of notice.
Whilst you should be given the right to defend any allegations made against you, if the employer wants to dismiss then there is little stopping them from doing so and you will not be able to challenge their decision. Hopefully this will either result in a warning or no action being taken but be prepared in case they do go all the way to dismissal.
Please let me know if this has answered your query or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this?