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    Hi everyone. Stumbled on this website whilst searching for advice.
    Basically, i was suspended from my job of 5 years on Wednesday (9/10/19). The allegation is i’ve stolen items from work which has apparently been an issue for over a year. I was taken out of my work area by the manager with 10 minutes warning, marched into an office with the H/R representative, told that they had concerns about my conduct, told me i’d been removing items from work for a year and what did I have to say about it.
    i didn’t understand initially what they were saying because it was such a shock hearing these words. The manager treated me as though I was guilty straight away. I couldn’t process what was being said. I had no one with me for support because i have done nothing wrong and had declined her offer of having someone with me. I felt like i’d been punched in the face really. I have done nothing wrong so said so.
    she still treated me as though I was guilty and was approaching this initial meeting from this point of view. The process was explained to me by the manager and i was given a copy of the company procedure.
    The H/R person was a bit more “neutral” and tried to treat me in a reasonable way.
    They explained what I can and can not do going forward. We will be having a hearing in the near future but i was told this whole process could take up to 10 weeks to complete.
    I just don’t know which way to turn and what to do. I believe they’ve made their minds up already and i do not know how i’m going to prove my innocence. No one can remember what they were doing and why from months ago. From the little that they did say it was decided it was me as i was always around when these items disappeared but it was my job to be in the area/s all the time as the staffing levels were so bad i was the only one able to be around on a full time basis but there were always other staff around.
    i have been what’s known as a “whistleblower” a couple of years ago and reported my department to the governing body for bad practices. The result of this was to move me out of the department and dump me elsewhere to shut me up. The options were to work in the other department, demote me or leave. I carried on but it was awful and made me ill.
    I came back to the main department and thought everything was ok but it appears they’ve been finding something to finally get me on.
    i was just wondering how to deal with all this?? Any suggestions would be most helpful.
    i have an unblemished career . My whole working life has been so far exemplary.
    Thanks in advance
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    Forgot to say that they’ve done this kind of thing before to other staff.

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