Am I being bullied out of my job? Apologies in advance for the long thread but the greatest appreciation for any helpI am a casual employee working 20/30+ hours weekly for over a period of 17 months as a bar attendant. I work for a company that is mostly owned by a larger reputable corporate chain. I am 90% sure I am covered under an award "HIGA 2010".
I have recently been accused of product theft by my boss which was brought to his attention by a staff member who was told by another staff member. Upon arrival to work, I was confronted by 2 different staff members informing me my boss has been telling other staff that he has a meeting with me (of which I was totally unaware of).
After approaching my boss & asking him if he wanted to chat with me, I'm taken to the back office where it is just the two of us.
(Below is the conversation)
Boss: "Is there anything you want to tell me about the other night?"
ME: "No, why?"
BOSS: (names the Top shelf bottle I have been accused of stealing).
I confess to consuming a shot of alcohol while working, thinking maybe he has his wires crossed or been given false information. He then asks a second time If I had stolen a bottle. I made it clear that this is not true and I am sick of the constant rumors and lies that are being said about me as this occurs regularly. Before I could finish my sentence, I am bluntly told I have the option to resign as it will look good for future employment.
He has made 2 previous employees leave this way for minor things. Then he says he has involved the company's "loss prevention team" and that they are flying in from out of state to investigate this rumor, then informs me the police will be involved and possibly court if I am found guilty of any misconduct.
After repeatedly denying the allegation and admitting my wrongs for having a shot, I ask what happens after the investigation and they find nothing (because I didn't take this bottle). He then replies "Well, you admitted drinking on the job (60ml shot) and that decision is up to me and that would most likely end up in termination", and then he tells me I'm suspended.
At this point, I was speechless. I was offered no support person for this surprise meeting. I had no idea about a theft and from the actions of my boss and the other staff members' towards me on arrival, it seems they have made up their minds that I am guilty of this accusation, when the week before he was telling staff he "wants me gone", " frequently asking other staff members if I am on drugs".
I feel like I am being treated unfairly and subjected to workplace bullying.
Someone, please help me.