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My partner is a carer and was suspended in March. She was arrested and purely on the basis of allegations made against her by staff members - purporting to events which happened up to twelve months ago! The allegations were made after she reported the place she worked to CQC. The police seem to have gone "x people say this is how you have behaved, must be true". We are confident that, since the statements are littered with lies and inaccuracies, the court case can be won. We are also pretty sure that somehow the management of the company has coerced or induced these colleagues to lie - one of them as much admitted it, but only verbally and with no independent witnesses. The company is also disciplining her - but completely out of process; no evidence, no documentation - and seemingly victimising her; refusing to pay her properly - possibly with the hope she will turn round and resign.

The manager at the time of her suspension has left, and her statement to the police indicated that my partner was the worst employee ever - not doing her job, not doing the meds, being demoted, abusing residents continually....but there is no evidence on her personal file that she was ever warned, either formally or informally....because it never did. And there are lies in here we can show to be just that. The deputy manager's statement is pure vitriol!

She went to a discplinary and is awaiting the outcome. The company have not properly investigated the allegations, but whether or not they will now look at the allegations and think "that is idiotic! Why didnt they report it when it happened?"

She herself is really struggling. This was her life and she did care about the residents.

My questions are:

1. Why do people lie about their work colleagues. Although she had had fall outs, she did socialise with these people. How can a company make people lie about someone else? It is difficult for me to understand.

2. Does anyone know of any organisations which might help her cope with this situation. We have a lawyer and the Union, but this seems to be more practical support.

 

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1. Why do people lie about their work colleagues. Although she had had fall outs, she did socialise with these people. How can a company make people lie about someone else? It is difficult for me to understand.

2. Does anyone know of any organisations which might help her cope with this situation. We have a lawyer and the Union, but this seems to be more practical support.

 

 

1) Unfortunately I see this all the time. Which is why I have little faith or trust on workplace relationships of any sort. For every "heartwarming" story of honesty and loyalty I can find ten that are more like yours!

 

2) I cannot for the life of me recall the name of it, but I did come across an organisation which provided more emotional support types for professional people wrongly accused - if you Google this phrase you might turn it up. It might also be worth asking the Union - although most people don't relaise this, many have direct links and connections to counselling and other support for members.


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Hello there. This sounds tough for you both. Have you spoken to ACAS's helpline? The number's on their website and it's confidential.

 

HB


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