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Can I be fired for false customer complaint?

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thinkingofsunshine Tue 16-Jul-19 22:20:15

I work in a call centre and management got a letter saying my name and that I told them about a new service that’s not yet been released and is not even known about company wide. They said they were angry they have to pay for another service cos new service not available yet.
I am now accused of breaking confidentiality, and got to be investigated.
It’s not true and the complainer can’t be traced (was anonymous). I think it could only have been a coworker to send it tho I don’t know who or why someone would do this to me.
There’s no way an outsider could know the info about the new service as only a small number of us in the company know.
Call Wasnt recorded so can’t settle it that way. Can I Be fired Based on this letter?

NT53NJT Tue 16-Jul-19 22:24:51

No real evidence so I'd say not

flowery Tue 16-Jul-19 22:53:54

How long have you worked there?

Nautiloid Tue 16-Jul-19 23:00:15

A colleague of mine was accused of leaking information. No evidence and it was completely a he said/she said situation.
She wasn't fired, even though she'd not been there for that long, but management dragged her over the coals and it was very clear they believed her to have done it (and given the circumstances it was hard to believe she hadn't).
With no firm evidence she did keep her job, but moved on shortly afterwards anyway as she found it hard to stay after the very rigorous investigation.

daisychain01 Wed 17-Jul-19 05:54:40

It's all down to how long you've worked there, as they'd have to up the ante on their investigatory procedures if you have been there over 2 years - or if less than 2 years, if there's any risk you could state discrimination of some kind.

It also depends how much they want to keep you there, if the above doesn't apply. Even if they can let you go, they may choose not to, if you're good at your job and they don't want to lose you. But if you did say anything out of turn they may give you training or read you the riot act!

Wallywobbles Wed 17-Jul-19 05:59:22

Surely all your calls are recorded? I'd have thought the onus would be on them to prove the complaint.

prh47bridge Wed 17-Jul-19 08:37:51

I'd have thought the onus would be on them to prove the complaint.

There is no requirement for the employer to prove the complaint. If the OP is dismissed and makes a claim for unfair dismissal the question would be whether the employer has acted reasonably. In this case, the question would be whether a reasonable employer might believe, on the evidence available, that the charge against the OP is true.

If the letter gave the time and date of the call where the OP is alleged to have breached confidentiality it might be reasonable to expect the employer to listen to the recording if one is available. In the absence of that information it may not be reasonable to expect the employer to listen to every single call in which the OP has participated. And, if they don't record all calls or the recordings are only kept for a limited amount of time, failing to find a recording of the OP breaching confidentiality would not be proof that she did not do so.

Having said that, if the OP has at least 2 years service her employer could be on dodgy ground if they sack her on the basis of an anonymous letter making an unsubstantiated allegation.

daisychain01 Wed 17-Jul-19 15:50:07

OP if you feel unfairly treated by your employer, let them know that you did not divulge the information they said you did, even though you recognise it's come from an external source. You can be assertive not aggressive about this and show them they are doing you wrong.

You'll probably find that if you put forward a calm and reasoned 'argument' as to why you would not discuss internal company processes with an external customer before their service has been formally released, they will respect you all the more for it. Also state you genuinely have no idea why a customer would send the information anonymously, but you hope they believe your side of the story.

I do hope that ultimately they treat you fairly as it's horrible to be accused of something you know you haven't done.

ChicCroissant Wed 17-Jul-19 15:51:45

If they can't trace the call or the complainant, how do they know it was not recorded?

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