I worked for a company for nearly five years, I used to love it. Then the last few months, the company started to struggle and the boss was hardly around. Out of the blue I got handed a long list of 'evidence' constituting in the whole to gross misconduct. Earlier we had been given a contract to sign which had changed and I hadn't signed it and written a letter stating I wasn't happy to. I think it was this that angered the boss who then knocked my hours down and spent the time I wasn't in trawling my computer and printed off so called evidence. Silly things like joke emails and banter, that sort of stuff. I'm pretty sure it's not gross misconduct. I was the hardest worker there. And I was accused of being a detriment to the companies success. I feel victimised and bullied, and because of my treatment all the other staff members left within the space of 2 months. There isn't anybody there anymore. Both disciplinary and appeal hearings seemed to have already predetermined outcomes and the sheer tone of voice in all the letters I have received is extremely upsetting. I logged it with the tribunal as unfair dismissal as I believe whole heartedly that I have done nothing wrong.
I am now currently going through the process of case management orders. I have met all the deadlines and adhered to them. The bundle of documents has been sorted, even though I had to make the respondent aware quite a few of my documents had not been included but listed, and both parties have exchanged witness statements. It has been a month now and the respondent has suddenly decided to add an additional set of documents to the bundle. I suspect he is only doing this now as he has read my witness statement and is trying to cover himself. Is he allowed to do this when the date has passed for the case management orders? It seems a little unfair as he could just keep adding more and more up until the day itself, and I have to prepare myself for it all. It's messy enough as it stands without any extra in there. The message has come through his solicitors who basically say in no two words they are adhering to the respondent. I'm surprised a solicitor would allow it. I would have thought the dates on the case management orders are there for a reason. Any help on what to do would be most appreciated. I don't have a solictor, I'm going this alone as I can't afford one sadly. Mainly because I'm out of a job now due to all of this. I'll be glad when it's all over to be fair.