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I had a direct report (A) invoking a grievance

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Hi, I had a direct report (A) invoking a grievance for bullying against me whilst he was investigated for unprofessional and aggressive behaviour.
The company suspended the investigation to focus on his grievance and I was suspended for 5 days. The outcome was that there was no case to answer (no bullying was taking place), a few team members were spoken to by the investigation officer however I was not allowed to be heard as it was "not important or essential".
I was back at work for 1 day before my line manager (B) suspended me again during a meeting scheduled to go through the investigation report and to go through some "recommendations" noted by the grievance investigation officer.
I was hoping that the original investigation could be resumed in order to address that employee behaviour (A) but instead I was told that this was not his priority and that he was expecting me to resign or to face a disciplinary for other allegations that he was made aware over the weekend. He stated that he knew he wouldn't be able to "sack" me but I would lose my annual bonus nevertheless and that I would be moved to another location. He also intended to be the investigator officer.
I refused to resign and told him that he was not following procedures and that I would contact HR to ask for advice. They appointed another officer to deal with these allegations.
I am terribly upset and feel that he is victimizing me with the sole purpose to exit me out.
I invoked the grievance for harassment at work (under the equality act) a few month ago, that was upheld. Although he (B) was not directly involved in the harassment himself it was highlighted that he should have been more supportive. I feel that he is been vindictive and very unfair.
By removing me of the business I cannot have access to my email, which contain evidences of his "double standards" and this is also allowing my direct report (A) (that was not investigated and is now my interim replacement) to fabricate a idea of low morale amongst the team (that did not existed until one week ago).
Would I be able to invoke a grievance for victimization whilst these new "allegation" are been investigated or do I need to wait for the outcome of the investigation?
I really did not want to file for constructive dismissal but fear that I have very little avenue to fight my corner and to restore the truth.
Please advise
Kind regards
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Employment Law
Expert:  Stuart J replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the question. It is my pleasure to assist you with this today.Was it you who was accused of bullying or was someone accused of bullying you? It’s not entirely clear. I think you were accused because it says that you were suspended. Please confirm.Why were you suspended the second time? What with the other allegations? Do you think that because the bullying accusation didn’t work, they have resorted to something else?As much background detail as possible is really useful please. Thank youWhat exactly is it that you want to know about this and what outcome and you ultimately want?
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