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A brief history of my dilema. What I write is completely tue, please believe me as there would be absolutely no point in holding details back or twisting the truth.

Several years of working in a private hospital specialising in mental health problems.

Many occasions being asked to break policy and procedures due to logistic difficulties, which I refused to do every time. This didn't go down well with management.

Witnessing terrible abuse against service users which led to me threatening to whistle blow. Accused of being a trouble maker.

Contacted CQC and was advised by them to not take the matter further. Someone at CQC must have contacted hospital and let them know I'd been in touch.

Finally, the hospital finds something to pin on me and I get dismissed for racial abuse; I admitted to abbreviating the word Pakistani. Please note, I didn't say anything in an aggressive manner, there were no abusive prefix or suffix used. I purely abbreviated the word. 3 union members fought my case but the solicitors refused to back me.

 

I haven't permanently worked for two years, however I applied for a job within the NHS and I was offered the position subject to references. At the interview I managed to skim over the issue of a sanction but did give details at the time of doing checks. I submitted 4 references; all were past employers, plus my line manager at the time of my dismissal. All references would have been excellent save for the one where I was sacked, but even they couldn't question my record on sickness, reliability, time keeping etc.

 

So I wait but hear nothing. I'm advised that they were in receipt of all references and assumed that the only thing missing was a CRB check.

6 weeks go by without any correspondence whatsoever. I think nothing of it as I know the CRB can take that long. I finally contact the CRB to find out at what stage my check was only to find out that no request had been made.

I write three emails to the HR department asking at what stage they were, and my mail is ignored, that is, no reply.

The next email I explained that I'd contacted the CRB and that I would like an explanation as to the slow progress.

Only then do I receive a letter explaining that the offer of employment had been withdrawn.

 

I'd like to know why the offer was withdrawn and why it took, not only my initiation to get a reply, but 6 weeks. I now know that they never intended to give me the job (no CRB check initiated) but why didn't they inform me immediately.

I also feel that it was very unfair to not consider that maybe I was the victim, after all 3 out of the 4 references would have been excellent. I also ticked every other box that was required to carry out the job efficiently.

 

What am I meant to do? How is it possible that I am seriously ruined and deemed unemployable when I've done nothing wrong?

OK, on reflection, possibly I should have known better. Possibly in this day and age of PC insanity, I needed to attempt to anticipate a colleagues perception better, but these are not serious crimes. I've never been in trouble with the law, but even if I had, ex criminals seem to get more empathy than me.

 

How can I be so demonized and held responsible for eternity, it's madness. I also ask you what I can do about the unprofessional, inappropriate manner that the NHS HR department handled my job application. Why did it take so long for them to withdraw the job offer?

 

Please accept that everything I have explained is the whole truth. I haven't omitted anything, nor have I distorted the facts. I am at my wits end, frustrated and becoming extremely bitter. Is there anyone that can help me?

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You could make a data subject access access request to the employer who received the reference, providing your ID and a £10 cheque. That may give you an indication as to what your former employer has said about you.

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Brilliant, not only unemployed but I've got to pay £10 to see what my ex employer has written. And what about the fact that the NHS appeared to completely forget to let me know about the withdrawal of employment. What about that they were in possession of the, what I'm assuming was such a terrible reference, for six weeks prior to me finding out, and only because I contacted them! Why didn't they inform me immediately, that way at least I could have moved on. What excuse are they going to give, and why will a simple apology suffice for the damage they have caused. It appears to me that as long as these organisations apologise unreservedly for their errors, everythting is by default over and forgotten. How comes I wasn't given the opportunity to appologise for something that I had no idea was wrong. Why wasn't the fact that I was truly ignorant of the rule, that is, to abbreviate the word Pakistani was wrong. I can't believe this has happened to me, and surely I can bring it to someone's attention who has the authority to assist me in gaining justice. Criminals, once they have paid for their crime, can move on, what am I supposed to do if every reference is going to have this black smear on it. It's insane!

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I can't help until you accept what you did was wrong... Which clearly you don't.

Never assume anyone on the internet is who they say they are. Only rely on advice from insured professionals you have paid for!

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I can't help until you accept what you did was wrong... Which clearly you don't.

 

I'm inclined to agree.

 

OP, that is an extremely offensive word and I personally greatly dislike it, whatever the context. They were within their rights to dismiss you.

 

All I can suggest is looking for agency work in the meantime to try to boost your permanent employment chances (and to secure better references).

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I suggest asking if vision2learn still have funding for free online diversity qualifications and. Volunteering with minority groups in need of support if they will have you, as you have a lot to prove.

 

The more I reflect the angrier I am. Do I need to also tell you sexism rape and rude words about disabled people are wrong? Decent citizens educate themselves.

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What I don't understand about shortening pakistani is why is not also wrong to shorten British to Brits? It's all about context and when, where and how it was said surely. There is way too much political correctness these days! Having said that I do not condone calling people names and if it was said in a derogatory or malicious manner then that is not on.

 

The fact that the OP had to chase to find the offer of employment had been withdrawn seems to be the main question here. Sadly, I think the only way to find out is to stump up the £10, surely a small hit in comparison to repairing your reputation if what you say is true??

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Sorry to hear about that. While the word you describe is never appropriate in a working environment and could justify gross misconduct dismissal depending on the context, it does sound like you are paying a very disproportionate price. I have a lot of sympathy with you.

 

Unfortunately I do not think you have any legal redress here. I agree it sounds like HR have been both unprofessional and incompetent in failing to respond to your emails and taking six weeks to check references; but this does not trigger legal liability. You also cannot force them to explain why the offer was withdrawn.

 

I wouldn't say you are unemployable. Realistically, a bad reference could be a bit of a problem, as could two years unemployment. Given the vulnerability of patients I imagine hospitals have to be very careful about how they recruit and a blip on your record will affect that. All you can really do is keep applying for jobs: it may be disheartening and you will need to make a lot of applications but if you stick with it you should end up with something. Good luck.

 

You could try to get a copy of the references (and any other personal data the hospital holds) with a DSAR. This would not help you with the job offer, and is unlikely to give you any legal redress, but might give you an idea of what you are up against. I imagine a reference from a large organisation like the hospital would be factual and would just say confirm dates and perhaps say something like you were dismissed without giving details of the specific incident, but I can't be sure. You cannot be sure whether it was this reference that was the problem unless you have a copy of the reference.

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What I don't understand about shortening pakistani is why is not also wrong to shorten British to Brits? It's all about context and when, where and how it was said surely. There is way too much political correctness these days!

 

LOL seriously? Cos I never heard anyone being called a f***ing Brit while getting their head kicked in. Other abbreviations, yes.

 

You don't get to decide what people from other races find offensive. End of.

 

As with the OP, educate yourself. The internet is wide open out there. Serach engines and everything! It's no one else's job to make you act like a nice person.

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