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Two grievances ignored - now an investigation against me? wtf??

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Droppedinit Fri 14-Jan-11 12:31:32

Hello, (posting again as title suggested boring topic!)

I have had a difficult relationship with my boss for some time - others doinng jobs similar to mine have all had promotions, grade rises etc without being noticably successful. I on the other hand have improved the processes in my area such that I have handled more than three times the caseload when I started - I am being paid about £15,000 less than a collaugue whose caseload is less than a quarter of mine - and whose recruiting of new clients has meant that the amount has sttayed static for three years (I was in his area when she took over and I had taken the client list to around 35 that it has stayed static at to this day). That person goes out to lunch, has regular coffees with my boss, and he has also authorised expensive (£10,000) training for him overseas, whilst I have stuggled to get even a basic certificate course approved.

I have complained about this by raising a grievance, and then after six months raising another grievance about the specific training issue - both of these were ignored bt on receiving the second (asking for a management certificate training I was sent an e-mail effectively saying that I was the 'sort of person' who would only want training to develop my career, not the company I am working in. In this e-mail he also admitted to not reading or caring about my annual appraisal documents, and that he had submitted a report saying that no-one wanted any trainingin any of the appraisals.

I asked him what he meant and said that what I had heard concerned me, and he launched a six month long investigation in which he alleged that a female nude picasso I had on my wall was 'the display of pornographic material'.

I have had to endure a whole lot of very biased questioning and inferenced that I shouldn't get representation because the subject is so embarrassing. I might be faced with instant dismissal, and he is not letting me examine the evidence against me properly before I have a disciplinary hearing.

This all sounds wrong to me and I asked if we could hear the grievances properly first and was told that 'we haven't had grievances from you' even though I have copies of both written complaints.

I'm at a bit of a loss, but have got union support, but I can't tell if a) discrimination is an issue (all the others getting pay rises are male), b) its a lack of following grievance issue c) I should just protest my innocence at the disciplinary hearing or d) if the whole thing is constructive dismissal.

Its awful and very stressful, not least the impression I have that they all seem to think I am some sort of sex obsessive. I'm suffering quite a lot.

Any advice?

maras2 Fri 14-Jan-11 12:47:19

Getting rid of the nudie picture would be a start.Picasso or not,it's just giving them more ammunition to chuck at you as they seem determined to get rid of you one way or the other.Constructive dismissal sounds likely.Dont give them the satisfaction,get legal advice either privately or through your trade union.Good luck.

Droppedinit Fri 14-Jan-11 14:13:45

well actually the picture was taken down before the investigation was even announced to me - by coincidence, but they had a witness who made a big song and dance about being offended - even though she had been to my office many times previously and not complained. Surely its unfair of them to behave in this way?

maras2 Fri 14-Jan-11 14:43:37

Of course it's unfair but fair doesn't come into it.These bastards are obviously out to get rid of you so don't give them anything that will help them.

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