Many thanks for your patience. to be honest the terms you have used, such as being ‘guilty by association’ is not really something that is legally defined so you will not find anything specific which says you can or cannot use it in such circumstances. It is your opinion that there is some guilty and in all fairness there probably, although it would not be the same level of guilt as someone who had deliberately done the prohibited act. Allowing a practice to happen does not mean the person doing so would be guilty of the same offence as the person who committed the wrongful act so in some respects this is more something of a moral guilt rather than a legal one.
In any event, in relation to bullying, The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) defines bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.” Whatever form it takes, it is unwarranted and unwelcome to the individual subjected to it.
If you are now facing a disciplinary then you may have to go ahead and defend that to the best of your abilities. Considering your length of service and record, I would say that a dismissal is unlikely to be the outcome of this. Of course nothing prevents the employer from going down that route but at the same time it can be challenged if necessary.
This is your basic legal position. I have more detailed advice for you in terms of the rights you have following the disciplinary outcome, which I wish to discuss so please take a second to leave a positive rating for the service so far (by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars) and I can continue with that and answer any further questions you may have. Don’t worry, there is no extra cost and leaving a rating will not close the question and we can continue this discussion. Thank you