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Wrongful Drug accusation from employers

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Bradley Dalton, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Bradley Dalton

    Bradley Dalton UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Recently I’ve received in writing a director accusing me of how much I’ve been “chucking up my nose” in the toilet because I had a nosebleed which is a problem I’ve had since being a kid, I want to know if this is something I can pursue legally to sue?
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Bradley Dalton Member since: Feb 8, 2018
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  2. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    What does the director's letter actually say?
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  3. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Perhaps more useful would be to get a doctors letter stating this is a long term problem and not connected with drugs and show it to the director

    If he tells others you have a drug problem then legal action is a potential route as long as you can prove it
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  4. Bradley Dalton

    Bradley Dalton UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    It wasn't a letter it was a text message saying “how much have you been chucking up your nose to be getting nosebleeds in working hours”, suprised that was put in writing initially, obviously a drug test would be an obvious thing to do but I want to know if there’s a basis for taking this further.
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Bradley Dalton Member since: Feb 8, 2018
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  5. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    If that is all it says you cannot take action, unless it was sent to someone other than you. It is, however, very unprofessional and you might want to talk to your HR department about it.

    I agree with @Chris Ashdown, talk to your doctor about getting a medical report about your issue.
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  6. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Its certainly inappropriate.
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  7. Bradley Dalton

    Bradley Dalton UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks for the feedback, only the other director in a joint text message, my colleague initially told me about it via a phone conversation he had with one of the directors regarding the nosebleed, then I received the text an hour or so later stating the same thing. i like to get things in writing anyway regarding stuff like that is that a potential route to further this?
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Bradley Dalton Member since: Feb 8, 2018
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  8. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Could you re-write that so it makes sense, please.
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  9. Bradley Dalton

    Bradley Dalton UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I received the text from the directors in a joint group chat later after I’d initially had a chat with my colleague over the phone to which he told me about there remark by saying I had a nosebleed through doing drugs in the toilet.
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Bradley Dalton Member since: Feb 8, 2018
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  10. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    No, still not clear. Tell it like as story, I had a nosebleed and ... then list everything chronologically, making it clear who did what.
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  11. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    If he sent the email to both yourself and also someone else then you would be able to take legal action, especially with written proof
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  12. ethical PR

    ethical PR UKBF Legend Free Member

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    How - did they know you were having a nose bleed
    Why - did they assume you were doing drugs
    Who - knew about the nose bleed
    What - have you done about getting a doctors note
    When - are you contacting HR regarding this matter with your doctors note
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: ethical PR Member since: Apr 19, 2009
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  13. Bradley Dalton

    Bradley Dalton UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    If my colleague was to confirm the conversation with my director in written proof would that potentially be okay?
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Bradley Dalton Member since: Feb 8, 2018
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  14. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Please try again.

    In written proof, meaning what?

    Ok for whom about what?
     
    Posted: Feb 8, 2018 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  15. smallclaimsassistance

    smallclaimsassistance UKBF Enthusiast Full Member - Verified Business

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    It sounds like the comment was published, so it's probably actionable, but I think your more immediate issue is to find yourself alternative employment. I couldn't and wouldn't work for someone whose knee-jerk reaction to a common medical problem is not only to suspect drug abuse, but to accuse you of that, and then to publish the accusation.

    I don't know whether you enjoy your work or not, but, for me, that would be time to move on.

    Dean
     
    Posted: Feb 10, 2018 By: smallclaimsassistance Member since: Jan 7, 2015
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