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Support given to a client at a disciplinary hearing

16 September 2009

Our client worked at a care home for many years in a job which she loved. Out of the blue she was suspended on allegations of misconduct and told to attend a disciplinary hearing. She came to us for help. We reassured her that the disciplinary action was unwarranted. She was very upset and could not go to the meeting alone but felt there was nobody she could ask to accompany her in a small organisation and was not a member of a trade union. We arranged for one of our executive reps to attend with her and he gave her moral support and helped her to present her case. All charges were dropped and our client was able to go back to work. Similar situations often occur but where trust has broken down to such an extent that our client feels that they cannot return and we have then help to negotiate an exit from the organisation.