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Suspended from work, would like advice
So I got suspended from work for making a mild insult about a work colleague on facebook. Let me explain
Me and a guy at work don't get on to the point where we havent said anything to each other for 2 months despite working the same department. My facebook post was complaining about the him being interviewed for promotion by his brother (note its a big business, not a family run store and there are plenty of other people who could've done this task -especially as his brother actually works at a different store but still did his promotion interview/exam).
My issue/facebook post was moaning that its biased and unfair for him to get interviewed/tested for promotion by his brother as its clearly a conflict of interest. His brother also got him the job about 4-5 months ago. But the main reason this guy put a complaint in against me was that I called him useless which is what he got annoyed about.
So I used facebook to vent about this issue but this guy (who isn't a facebook friend - nor did I use his name) found out I called him useless on the internet as one of my workmates must have told him about it and now im suspended for gross misconduct and could get sacked.
I used the term useless because since he's in been working our departments standards have dropped and on numerous occasions people have had to come in on days off/early to tidy up our warehouse as it kept turning into a mess whenever I'd have 2 days off in a row. From what my manager said it was only the one sentence which he got upset by and not the majority of the post which was complaining about how he got promoted.
During my suspension interview they asked if I have a problem with working with him and I said not really because we don't talk anyway I just do my job. Then they implied theres also the issue of can he work with me (knowing that I don't particularly care for him).
I technically broke our policy on not badmouthing colleagues on the internet so I understand why I was suspended but i'm not the only person at work to have complained about another colleague though, yet alone this one specific guy
When my disciplinary hearing comes up I plan to point out a few things in my defence.
its my first ever time ive been trouble in over 8 years of working so I feel sacking is a bit much a written warning would be suitable rather than being sacked.
I'll apoligise to him for calling him useless
I was annoyed with his going for a promotion despite his inability over the last couple of months to keep our warehouse tidy which is a key part of our job. For example on several occasions it was impossible to move 2 meters past the door to the warehouse because of badly stacked boxes (note i've got pictures of how bad things got that will back this point up). This issue is largely why we stopped talking. because I would tidy things only for it to become a mess the next day (I did the morning/afternoon shift and he did the evening/night shift) - Kind of a big issue for me because I once tripped on some mess at work and broke my elbow which still gives me problems to this day. Also as recently as 2 weeks ago I made a huge fuss to everyone about things not being kept tidy.
Not to mention the questionability of having a relative decide if he gets promoted
Also I can point I didn't say the comment to the guy who was offended by it but to other people and I'm not the only one to have badmouthed a colleague (although I wont name any names)
If its an issue of working with him in future I can go to another department where i'd have no contact with him
So any advice on how to deal with this disciplinary hearing i'll have at some point or am I fucked and going to be fired? any tips for dealing with a disciplinary hearing would be nice.
I don't know when my hearing is but I know i'm allowed to have another colleague with me to sit in and make sure everything is above board when I do go for it.