Appreciate your reply. You obviously kow your employer better than I do, but this doesn't sound out of the ordinary. The employer seems to want to ensure that the information your downloaded was not otherwise given out, hence the reason your cellphone and computer were taken, because I am sure they will be looked at. I am sure you have shared with your employer the reason you did what you did, and to be honest, there's little else you can do at this point. Given that you are suspended and therefore presumably not even allowed to show up to the office, whether you go on vacation or not will not change things -the employer is still going to investigate and come to the same conclusion.
Now, the question is whether you do have an employment contract or not (most employees don't, to be honest). If you don't have an employment contract, then you are considered to be an "at will
" employee, which means an employer can terminate you at any time, for any reason, even no reason at all, so long as it is not done for an unlawful reason -such as terminating you because of your race, or religion, for example. Thus, even if the employer determines that you had no ulterior motive in downloading the file, they could still determine that it was a serious enough violation to warrant terminating you. As an at will employee, they could terminate you "just because" in fact. Many employers will have you sign an employee handbook
, but that is not the same thing - and indeed, they normally make clear that it is not a contract, and you are still an at will employee.
Thus, I wish I could tell you the news were better -but there's nothing you can do at this point. The employer has already decided to suspend you, and absent an employment contract which may
give you more rights, can terminate you with or without cause.