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Restricted access to information for evidencing a greivance

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  • Restricted access to information for evidencing a greivance

    Hi everyone, hope you're fab.

    I have a question, I have an ongoing (and it's been going on some time) issue with a disciplinary and a greivance. To spare the details I have raises a greivance, which wasn't followed through (manager tried to bury it), the same manager than alleged concerns about my conduct, and was permitted to be the investigator in this instance.

    I have raised concerns, again, my original grievance and how it was handled, and conflict of interest concerns (as well as some other evidences of bullying) and as a result the disciplinary has become a joint disciplinary/grievance. This has gone on for a few months, and I was pretty all lined up for being dismissed (a decision was imminent) when something happened behind the scenes, the person managing the disciplinary was replaced by someone else and I was asked to come to a second hearing, where i was asked questions on my greivance, and specific points relating to that.

    The problem I have is this, a lot of the events I raised in my grievance are teams conversations, and I have now been off work for much of the year due to this disciplinary. Therefore asking me for dates of when this conversation happened etc doesn't come easily due to the limits of my memory, you know I can say what was said, just not verbatim - same with times, I can say a conversation happened at the back end of december, for instance but I couldn't give an exact time and date. Though it's all their in Microsoft teams. My disciplinary policy says I can be allowed access to systems for the purpose of getting information I need in order to state my case, but the first disciplinary manager rebuffed my requests saying it wasn't needed, and the second disciplinary manager has not responded to the request at all, though he has asked for clarification of details and I've told them in earnest that getting access, or even a download of teams conversations would give me access to these specifics (dates, times, who else was in the chat etc).

    I am now of the belief that I won't be allowed access to these systems, to provide this information to substantiate claims made in my grievance. My grievance is honest, and things that happened generally were in writing but the evidence is on work systems.

    It is not pivotal but possibly worth mentioning was one of my greivance points includes a SAR which was processed by the same manager which omitted data and information relating to me that I knew to exist. So there is a disclosure/data processing concern as part of my greivance already.

    Where is this likely to leave me, if my grievance is not upheld? In my opinion, if they believe what I've said sufficiently to not want it quantifying then there may be little point substantiating it, but if the case goes against me and access to evidence has been withheld, that's surely not right?

    I'm seeking legal advice at this stage so will be posting this to them once I've found it, but I would really like to know.
    Last edited by Presonus; 13th September 2023, 14:13:PM.
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  • #2
    You say you are seeking legal advice is this via the forum or have you been speaking with a solicitor?
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    • #3
      Hi

      The key word is seeking, i have spoken to a few solicitors (found on high street and online) but I've not taken one on as I've not been convinced by them as of yet - most just confirm what ACAS say (if you feel aggreived with the outcome you have the right to go to a tribunal). They will also help with things like settlements, what I'm finding legal help not good at, is discussing points like the above.

      A HR consultant has given me a lot of advice throughout which has gone over-and above what the solicitors could provide, however they are really busy so getting advice when i need it can be tricky. Therefore I tend to do my homework through google or asking on forums (though this has got me some flack as the general advice is go see a solicitor but trust me it's not all that). So the basis for saying I was seeking legal assistance is just to give you some assurance that I am not using the forum as a substitute for legal advice, more to compliment it when I find it and give me something I can actually raise and discuss with them. Think of this as me trying to do my homework/research

      So i think, even if it doesn't qualify as legal advice, a discussion with people who are HR savvy would be productive and give me something to go back to to a solicitor with. I'm also interested in different views as well to see if there is a consensus.
      Last edited by Presonus; 15th September 2023, 11:02:AM.

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      • #4
        Generally whilst you are in an internal process solicitors do not want to get involved, unless it involves a Settlement Agreement for which they can receive a fee for providing the independent legal advice.

        Is seems like you have two processes running concurrently so unfortunately your posts at this point only raise questions in order for me to be able to provide some guidance to you.

        You mention you have been off since disciplinary proceedings started have you been suspended on full pay pending in investigation the outcome of which may be disciplinary action?
        How long have you been off on this basis?

        When did you raise your grievance?
        What was the basis of this?

        It seems like they are blurring the lines between the disciplinary and the grievance. There should be different managers dealing with each process and not the disciplinary manager (no 2) asking your questions about your grievance.
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        • #5
          I don't mind answering any questions, I've only been breif to not announce my identity even though i don't think that's a big risk, but also to try and save complication as my case is quite a complex one. If things do get to the point of instructing solicitors I do want to be as clear as really as I can be on my situation


          But to answer your queries:

          - Yes I have been suspended on full pay, we are now at the middle of month 5 (though I have lost guaranteed overtime)

          - The grievance being dealt with was raised after the suspension, but relates to actions taken by the investigating manager both before and after the suspension (some of these concerns include failing to respond to informal greivances on the lead up to the suspension).

          - the basis of my grievance is the failure of management to consider an earlier grievance, which was raised informally and ignored, then raised formally and I was deflected (told to go to someone else who transpired had nothing to do with the process). The concern was over my health and the sharing of confidential emails between my and my line manager with fellow colleagues, their denial that these had been disclosed at all, and their omission from a subject access request. There are other points of grievance, for example the selection of this manager to investigate my own conduct as it is the same manager I tried to raise a grievance to previously, so I have conflict of interest concerns as well as some other things.

          - The earlier grievance is what led to the investigation action into myself as I ultimately proved the email disclosures, but the manager claims this was an abuse of privilege (as I have means to monitor email comms).

          - The same manager has (ab?)used the systems in a similar way in the past, for which there is evidence in teams channels so part of my grievance is that rules are being applied inconsistently. It is this information I was asked about by the second hearing manager, though they seem edgy about actually allowing me access to retrieve/obtain this information. It does exist.
          Last edited by Presonus; 15th September 2023, 14:33:PM.

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          • #6
            Thank you for the information which has been helpful.

            As I have previously said the disciplinary and grievance procedures are two separate process and should be treated as such even if the subject of them is linked. To not do so allows for challenges of them operating an unfair process for either or both.

            To ensure that a fair process is followed, then you need to be allowed access to the systems that can assist you with the documentary evidence to support your grievance. Not sure whether you have already done so but I would suggest that you set out by email exactly what systems you need access to and agree a time with your employer for this to be given to you to ensure reasonableness in the process.

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            • #7
              Not a problem, happy to provide anything required.

              The concern about the two processes been linked is something I share with you, and it's something my family have raised also, though I know what ethically seems right sometimes isn't whats legally right so wasn't sure if it was worth raising.

              What I've done so far as provided as part of my written greivance where information is for substantiation, so I've mentioned where something was said on microsoft teams, or by email etc. I've not actually been able to provide quotes etc as I no longer have access to it, so I've basically given them the gist of what was said and at the end of the greivance document I've said 'if quotes/evidence is needed then I need access in order to obtain it'. I also asked the first disciplinary manager if I could access to provide it but he said he felt this wouldn't be necessary.

              When the new disciplinary manager took over, he asked me for more details about my grievances and asked for dates specifically, unlike the first manager. I gave him the best timescales I could but again said because I've been off for 5 months having exact dates or quotes weren't possible. I then said the following in writing (by email)

              Code:
              ...The above conversation would have been in the main teams channel though again I've been off 5 months so an exact date eludes my memory,
              
              Is it possible to obtain a copy of my Teams chat transcripts? I know I've raised getting access to evidence facts with <previous disciplinary manager> previously etc etc, but if these details are becoming important then I feel it's probably worth my time sifting through.
              
              with kind regards
              Presonus
              That was sent a week ago but I've had neither acknowledgement nor reply.

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              • #8
                Can I suggest you consider writing back on the basis of:

                Further to my email of xxx (put in the date you sent it last week) regarding access to systems in order for me to substantiate my grievance, I have not heard anything further from you. As you know I raised my grievance on xxx (put in date you raised this) which means that this has now been ongoing for some time with no indication of when you may give me access requested, in order for me to provide the full evidence to support my grievance claims, before attending any grievance meeting. To not allow me access to the information is unreasonable and not in keeping with the ACAS guidelines of ensuring a fair grievance process. Please can you therefore advise me by the latest xxx (set a date maybe later in the week depending on when you send this) as to when access will be granted.

                In addition I would also like to raise the point that the disciplinary and grievance procedures are two separate process and should be treated as such even if the subject of them is linked. That means that there should be two different managers appointed to handle each process to ensure that each is conducted fairly and reasonably.
                If you would like a one-to-one expert consultation with me on your employment issue than I can be contacted by emailing admin@legalbeaglesgroup.com

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                If you have any doubts then do please seek professional legal advice.


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                You are braver than you believe, smarter than you think and stronger than you seem.



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                • #9
                  Thanks ULA - always appreciated.

                  Today I found that a request to extend counselling support from the company EAP program had been refused, so I today sent a request for this and included as you advised.

                  I don't think the outlook is likely positive.

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