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About Limelight1985

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  1. A quick update.... I went for the hearing, they basically took no notice of the explanation / new evidence, and I was fired on the following Tuesday. It is 100% clear that the outcome of the hearing was pre-determined.......but, to be honest, I'm glad to be out of it.... I have spoken with 2 solicitors, one officially, and the other "off the record": both, given all the facts reckon that I was treaded unfairly and, at most, should have received a warning of some sort..... But, as I say, life is too short: I've already moved on and have earned more money in the l
  2. Oh no: the staff are great, don't get me wrong...! The rest of it? You've hit the nail on the head..... ;-)
  3. Hmm...well, that's yet another issue with this situation, I'm afraid... The top of the tree is, literally, "The Daddy". He is MD. Daughter is a director, and I think "The Mummy" is a co-director. So..my hearing was chaired by daughter and mummy: the only course of appeal is daddy.... Do you honestly think I'm going to get a fair hearing...? This is the thing that's is SO frustrating here. In any "normal", larger company, if this was a mid-management issue, I could go to someone more senior, and most likely impartial, with the interests of the com
  4. Well, I went to the hearing on Friday, and am awaiting the decision: I'll be told when I go in tomorrow AM. The hearing went very well: I took in a colleague who has also had issues with the designer I have locked horns with. I did not speak to my colleague really, apart from going over to see him between xmas and NY when he agreed to accompany me. But completely off his own back, after reading my defence statement, he effectively confirmed that the designer is the problem here, and not myself (or the other 5 or so people who have issues with him). This really changed
  5. As an aside, I have another dilemma....! Do I go through with the hearing on the off chance that I only get a FWW, or should I simply go in and hand in my resignation with immediate effect? If I do that, at least they don't get the satisfaction of firing me! But they might not be going to anyway....they MIGHT (and its a small might) just be hoping to scare me into toeing the line, as apparently, they have in the past with numerous employees. Control / intimidation seems to be very important to them. As I say, looking at the big picture, I'm better off out of i
  6. Thanks for all your replies! They have confirmed my suspicions: I'm 99% sure I'm out, and have maybe even already found another job. I have obviously given them the opportunity to get rid of me: as a I said, there are a lot of other political things going on behind the scenes, and you only really have the part of the story concerning the alleged racist remark / disciplinary action. I cannot help but wonder what their actions would have been if I had not made the remark? They would still want me out, and the 2 year mark is looming.... Anyway, I'm obviously bett
  7. I think that I would feel justly treated to receive a written warning. Based on the way they have handled (or not) events in the past, that would still be a little harsh...but acceptable, I suppose. I mean, I did say what I said, it was out of order, and I won't do it again. But other's practices will need to come into line also, otherwise it will be just me that has taken any flack. It should be a new line in the sand, applicable to all, not just me being made an example of? It seems clear they are taking this chance to get rid of me, but are being mighty inconsis
  8. "As an aside, if this company is so poisonous, you might be happier elsewhere." Oh yes... ;-)
  9. "Yeah. Please don't try and make excuses. Especially to your employer. You said a racist comment plain and simple. It doesn't matter if you have an African friend or are married to a tribal dancer from Botswana. You still said the racist comment which is why they are taking action." I MIGHT be married to a Korean girl though.... ;-) (I'm not..but you get the point?)
  10. I don't expect to get away unpunished: Its just the manipulation / constructive nature of the situation that seems unjust. I mean, if I had got up, chinned the guy in front of witnesses, then fine: instant dismissal..no argument! But other blatant "gross misconduct" events have occurred and gone unpunished.
  11. I have OWNED it.....lets make that clear! I don't enjoy complaining at all..in fact it is really annoying I feel the need to raise points in the first place. Very little protection, yes...but some, maybe? THATS what I'm here to find out. I did try to PM renegadeimp, but due to post count was unable to. Heres what I tried to PM: Thanks for your reply. "This is a quite complex situation: I had to leave LOTS out, as I would take a LOT of room to tell the whole story. The daughter, for instance regularly refers to English guys as "fat, ugly and s
  12. Just to clarify: I totally accept that my comment was out of order. I have owned it, apologised to the guy, face-to-face. He has accepted the apology and in the week since the event, we worked together fine. I am white, not a racist, homophobe, etc. My best mate of 25 years is of African descent, so I have no problems with race, creed, colour, etc. I have worked in the workplace for over 25 years, never had a complaint lodged against me, any disciplinary hearings, etc during all that time. I find it strange that my employers are focussing so hard on this minor issue, rath
  13. Hi all! I'll try and keep this short! Basically, I started my job 23 months ago. At first all was fine (isn't it always?) However, over time, various issues relating to the general management of the company, mid-management appointments, etc, started to cause me concern. Over the last year I have felt it necessary to point out certain things, to both fellow employees and my superiors. Even though this has been very minor, and just comments made, I think they now see me as "disruptive", maybe? Anyway, to the point. In mid December, a guy who was supposed t
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