Any advice welcome,
My employer has suspended me pending a hearing end of this week. The company is in financial difficulty, I know this, I am the Manager. I investigated, on the basis that the company may close, the options for starting a similar business. I discussed with some colleagues to see if they were interested, and one of them reported this to management. They suspended me and suggested via email that I could potentially be planning to steal staff, clients, etc. However nothing actually happened except discussion internally. The company had even been in the process of potentially selling me the business up until 2 weeks ago, but the cost was very high and I pushed back.
I will attend the hearing and suggest I will take them to Industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal. Any help on this is welcome.
One final point, they have asked me today to hand back laptop/phone immediately. Do I have to do this now, or can I wait to the hearing?