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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 to be the manager of the project I'm working on was basically wasting my time (again!).

I was flustered, under pressure, etc, and, being honest, I was exasperated by him, so I told him to "f-off". He told me "you f-off", to which I responded "f-off back to Iran".

 

 

Now 20 minutes earlier, me and a colleague had been discussing the guys unsuitability for the position, and how he was basically an Iranian national who was (so we've been led to believe) a journalist / blogger. Not an engineer.

 

 

I was basically saying to him to "get out of my hair and go back to what you are best at", sort-of-thing.

 

 

He walked out of the room and there were no further exchanges.

A few days later, I was given a letter saying that there will be a disciplinary hearing early in the new year, about my racist remark.

 

 

Immediately following this, I went to see the guy, asked if he had lodged an official complaint (he hadn't, apparently), we shook hand, we're fine with each other, and have moved on.

 

 

The management (fyi, the dad is the owner, his partner is another director, and his daughter, in her mid 20-s, with no qualifications/ workplace / managerial experience, is a director and my immediate boss, I think?) have decided to go for the full disciplinary hearing route.

As there have been several incidents between other staff, including the senior management, including what could be classed as violent conduct, and no hearings have been deemed necessary for those, I feel I am being victimised.

 

 

The "proper" route to sort the issue would obviously have been to sit myself down with the daughter and the Iranian guy, talk through the events, stress that my comment was not acceptable, etc, made sure that the two of us were cool, and that there would be no repeat, and move on.....

 

 

All very simple, informal.

This process was not followed, however, so basically I think they don't want me there anymore (for whatever reasons). The project has been completed: they could have made me redundant instead?

 

 

My feeling is that they are going to sack me next week, and basically, do I have any rights?

I mean, it is blatantly obvious that they are trying to get me out, and the fact they have made me feel as unwelcome as possible in the lead-up to xmas, and yesterday suspended me on full pay till the hearing on Friday just reinforced this.

 

 

The shop floor culture is one where swearing is commonplace (the daughter is probably the worst offender), so it cannot be said there is "zero tolerance", etc.

 

 

I have had no informal or formal meetings about racism, my general performance, insubordination, etc, during my time there.

 

 

They may issue me with a written / final written warning (which I could accept), but I feel they're going to fire me.

Do you think this is right, can they get away with it, and what can I do about it if they Do fire me.

 

 

Sorry for going on, but its a crappy situation..

 

 

Any advise welcomed.

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They could dismiss you on racism alone. You've been there less than 24 months do they could dismiss you for any reason as long as it wasn't discriminatory.

 

Your suspension right now is common for an investigation period. I would suggest taking this time to get your story in order and when you get to the meeting, LISTEN. Don't interrupt, don't argue. You'll have your time to give your side of the story as well.

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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, rather than the positives that I bring to the company.

 

 

The very qualities upon which they based their decision to hire me in the first place, in fact....? ;-)

 

 

The situation stinks, quite frankly!

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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.

 

Your colleague might have forgiven you for it, but your employer hasn't and has a reputation to maintain. If they let you get away unpunished. Then that sets a precident and other workers would say they can say it too.

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Sounds like you enjoy complaining about everything imho. You seem to think that no one else but you is qualified to do the role. I.e, directors are just brother so just family and no skills, daughter has no skills, manager is Iranian. The directors own the company, and as such, can run it any way they like and you need to lump it or move on.

 

I'm sorry, but it sounds like sour grapes to me. You stuck your head above the parapet for no real reason other than to complain and it got targeted.

 

That's the way life works.

 

As said, within twenty four months, you have very little protection anyway and they could just ask you to leave for lots of reasons. Certainly cant see any reason why they would pay you off.

 

I'm sorry if this seems harsh, but your comments lead me to believe you are a habitual complainer and as such, I wouldn't tolerate you in my team either.

 

The racist comment would normally lead to an instant dismissal for a full time over 24 month employee anyway.

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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 stupid". She being Danish, and clearly superior to us mere English..!? ;-)

 

She first said this to myself and another, more portly, guy. We both saw the funny side of it, but we COULD have taken it as racial abuse / stereotyping.

 

 

Also, the Sales manager regularly makes references to Asian girls, saying he should bring a few back in his suitcase (as sex slaves, I assume?), and makes frequent refs to lady-boys (another stereotype).

 

 

Surely, If they are planning on throwing the book at me, then this kind of behaviour must also cease immediately.

This makes me think about discrimination / inconsistency. etc, against myself, as all this has, apparently, been deemed acceptable in the past?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure..something was said...

 

 

But its the discrimination against me that is the point: inconsistency in procedures, etc.

Daughter told me yesterday, for instance, that the "employee handbook" was "just a guideline" and "not law".

 

 

Surely the document they put together to outline the company policies IS what guidelines they profess to follow? Otherwise, what's the point?

 

 

Yet, I have been through the handbook, and certain procedures have clearly not been followed in the past.

 

 

Hence the discrimination.

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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.

 

Your colleague might have forgiven you for it, but your employer hasn't and has a reputation to maintain. If they let you get away unpunished. Then that sets a precident and other workers would say they can say it too.

 

 

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.

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"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?)

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Very little protection, yes...but some, maybe?

 

Hello there. I expect more of the forum guys will be along over the course of the day with views for you. As Renegade has already said, with under 24 months' service, you can be fired for no reason.

 

It could be that you have an angle with the discrimination aspect, let's see what others think.

 

As an aside, if this company is so poisonous, you might be happier elsewhere.

 

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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 inconsistent in their handling of the situation.

Could have been put to bed informally in 5 minutes behind closed doors by an experienced manager......

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Regardless of length of service, you made a racist comment to a colleague. You admitted making the comment. It's gross misconduct, which means you could lawfully be summarily dismissed.

 

Sorry to be doom and gloom, and I could go on for hours about the legalities, but the chances of a written warning within two years service for a gross misconduct offence are pretty slim, in my view.

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basically a written warning MIGHT happen, but you need to go in with the attitude that you will be dismissed, and have a story that shows this was a one off, spur of the moment thing and wasnt thought out. But you will have trouble with that. Why? because you said:

 

I was flustered, under pressure, etc, and, being honest, I was exasperated by him, so I told him to "f-off". He told me "you f-off", to which I responded "f-off back to Iran".

 

So you intentionally made the racist comment. It wasnt an accident, it wasnt a spur of the moment thing. You knew he was iranian, you made the racist comment. I'm not trying to belittle you, but every disciplinary is seen on its own merits, but they have to be fair towards everyone in the company. Like i said, if they let you get away with it with a slap on the wrist, then it opens the doors for everyone to make comments claiming they were under pressure and stress.

 

 

Then again, they might see it as an accident, and youll just recieve a warning. But i would personally go to the meeting myself with the knowledge that dismissal is very likely for this, and it would be your job to mitigate it and be truthful. NOT to make excuses or say others have said so and so.

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And all prior issues with racism regarding other employees may well have been dealt with by disciplinary routes, but you would not be made aware as that would be confidential. I would suggest that you might want to stop the comparisons and concentrate on your own future.

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I have to say I was surprised when I read of your length of work experience and by implication, age.

 

Because your actions and now attitude towards what was done and what is happening sound more like those of a stroppy teenager.

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Let's stop the abuse towards the op now. He knows he was wrong and his employer is disciplining him for it. He needs advice on mitigating the outcome.

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There is a 2-year continuous service requirement to claim unfair dismissal (this concept includes constructive dismissal). You can count your notice period towards the time limit.

 

 

There is no time limit for discrimination. However discrimination has a very narrow legal meaning and only means discrimination against someone because of a protected characteristic such as race/gender/age. General unfair treatment and failure to follow procedures does not count as discrimination under the technical legal meaning of the word.

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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 better off out of the sh*tty working environment, and sooner rather than later is a good thing, too....

 

 

Life's too short to dwell: I'm smug in the knowledge that all the issues the company has will remain there for years to come...

 

 

I'm just glad they won't be my problem....! :-)

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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 it, but there IS the "self-respect" factor to consider, too?

 

 

Tricky one?

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If you have another job to go to then in the circumstances Id probably be inclined to resign. Unfortunately it doesn't stop them giving you a negative reference though, saying you resigned whilst under suspicion of gross misconduct... Nor does it stop them taking disciplinary action during your notice period and firing you anyway!

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As you are undergoing the disciplinary process they have the right to refuse your resignation till the outcome which if dismissal renders resignation a mute point.

 

Bearing in mind the seriousness of the charge they may choose to follow through to complete dismissal in order to make sure they remain above board concerned the single equality act.

 

Go the the hearing imo see it through.

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I see 2 problems with this thread:

 

 

1 - As the OP has less than 24 months service, the employer doesn't need to initiate any disciplinary process, they can be terminated at any time for no reason.

 

 

2 - If the employer wants to take the disciplinary process to the end and refuse resignation, they risk the OP dragging the process out and taking it over the 24 month threshold.

 

 

The employers actions dont make sense.

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If 2 happens, the only recourse for the OP is unlawful or unfair dismissal.

Considering the nature of the case and whats said so far, the company are holding all the cards

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As you are undergoing the disciplinary process they have the right to refuse your resignation till the outcome which if dismissal renders resignation a mute point.

 

Bearing in mind the seriousness of the charge they may choose to follow through to complete dismissal in order to make sure they remain above board concerned the single equality act.

 

Go the the hearing imo see it through.

 

An employer cannot refuse a resignation.

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