If I have found that my division chief has discussed this situation with people who are outside of the chain of command and are not supposed to be involved with the process per our LCR Library of Congress Regulations what can I do? The actual dispute process has not been followed by others in this process aside from my supervisor and myself. My division chief continues to state that this is not a formal dispute issue however, when the complaint was made about the other co-worker in writing per our LCR's it became formal, also with the fact that her supervisor gave her a verbal warning without doing an investigation.
Once I brought up the issues of the LCR which I was never informed about, I found them through my personal research, the division chief decided to meet everyone. I was the last meeting that occurred yesterday as the other two were on Wednesday.
I expressed that my issue was a very separate one because:
1.I never had any interaction with co-worker who slandered my name.
2. Her actions towards me were unprovoked and malicious
3.Her statement was stated as a fact and it was actually false, and she knew it was false when she made the statement. Also it was not her first hand knowledge.
4. Her actions were intend to cause me embarrassment and to be intimidating. Which they were.
I expressed the high level of anxiety and stress this has cause me. I also express that I feel bullied by her actions.
I feel that after my discussion with the division chief, that he is trying to find a way to sweep her clearly aggressive action towards me under the rug. He kept stating that she was "emotional and upset" because of her issue with another co-worker, and because I am friends with that co-worker that may be why she did what she did to me. I stated to him that it was unacceptable and it should be rectified as that is a separate issue completely and that even during that time I was absolutely kind and profession with her in my interaction. I never did anything to her, I was only in the office one day while she was their and I spoke to her as I always.
He continued to try to place her actions towards me on her issue with someone else, and I continued to state to him that her issues with another co-worker does not give her the right to purposely a false statement about my professional conduct to my superiors, in order to bolster her claim regarding someone else.
Is there anything I can do. I told him that I feel that since she slandered me intentionally to management in writing unprovoked, that in the very least I deserve an apology in writing from her. I also told him she could send it over email to avoid her feeling humiliated by having to apologize in person. He doesn't seem to want to request his from her. My supervisor who is actually the woman who slandered me friend, stated that she agree's with me. She feels I deserve at the least and apology in writing. The division chief even at this time seems to not be serious about what she did. I told him that I feel this is workplace bullying clearly... Is there any thing I can do?