ok thanks. I think first of all you need to be aware of your employment rights. If you have been continuously employed at you place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will unfortunately 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 the decision is not based on a reason which makes a dismissal automatically unfair. These include:
· Discrimination due to a protected characteristic (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc.)
· Taking, or trying to take, leave for family reasons including pregnancy, maternity/paternity leave, parental leave, adoption leave or leave for dependants
However, if the dismissal had nothing to do with any of the above exceptions, you would not be able to challenge it.
So they could dismiss you quite easily anyway, even if you provide them with the best explanation you can find, and to be honest even if you were innocent – they could still dismiss you.
In your case, the best is to just be honest, talk them through your thought process at the time and why you believed you were not doing anything wrong. Apologise if you did do it wrong and ask for extra training to make sure that you are fully briefed on what is expected of you so that this is not repeated again in the future.
Does this answer your query?