I am currently on suspension from work over an alleged breach of confidentiality and have to attend an investigation meeting shortly. I was caught reading a document that I had found on another managers desk. I appreciate this was morally wrong, but there are a number of mitigating circumstances and my state of mind recently has been very poor. I have submitted a grievance about some separate matters in relation to this. Can anyone explain whether the action of reading a document just left on a desk (not locked away securely etc.) constitutes a breach of confidentiality, or if the manager in question who left this document on his desk for anyone to read from the cleaner to a workman to the director would be the one in breach? I would always personally have locked any such sensitive documents away. For information, Breach of Confidentiality is something explicitly mentioned as a possible gross misconduct reason. There is however nothing in my contract to cover confidentiality of this nature.