Forum guidance

1. General Guidance

With this website we hope to provide you with a safe forum where you can discuss your problems and provide each other with support and help in order to resolve your dispute. In order to provide you with a safe forum we have set out the following guidance to help you when using the site. Please note that we do not want to discourage you from using this site to discuss your issues and concerns. We only want to highlight the risks involved so that you are able to use the site safely.

  • DON’T use your real name as your username
  • DON’T provide anyone with your personal information
  • DON’T mention anyone you work with by name
  • DON’T share any confidential information of your employer
  • DON’T provide anyone with information regarding your employment which could enable people to establish who your employer is

 2. Anonymity

When you join our website you do not need to provide us with any information about yourself except your email address. You will then be able to create an avatar status (anonymous persona account) and other people who are using this site will only be able to see this. You should feel that you are able to speak about your problems in a safe environment and without the fear that anyone will be able to recognise you or report you to your employer.


 3. Do not name your Employer or Employees

You should ensure that you do not name your employer or anyone you work with whilst using this site. It may be tempting to do so, especially if you are having a particularly bad time with your employer, however, the repercussions of doing this could be serious. For example, if your employer sees comments and statements about them on this site they may be able to argue that they no longer have trust and confidence in you and thus you have breached the implied term of “mutual trust and confidence” in your contract. Your employer may seek to discipline you because of your actions or, at worst, they could chose to dismiss you for breach of your contract. On a practical level, if you are already having problems with your employer and/or your fellow employees you should be careful not to inflame the situation by posting on this site. If you choose to take legal action against your employer, posting on this site could potentially cause problems at a later date, if you are required to disclose your comments, for example. If you post a false statement about your employer and/or your fellow employees you could also be subject to a libel claim.


 4. Libel

You can be liable for libel if you make a statement about a particular person or company (i.e. your employer) and that statement is defamatory. To be “defamatory” your statement would have to be a false statement which discredits the person or company.


 5. Sensitive and confidential information

You will use this website primarily to discuss sensitive workplace issues. You should therefore be aware that you have a duty to your employer, during your employment, not to discuss or share any confidential information about them with others on the site. A breach of this duty could lead to termination of your employment contract. You should also note that after employment, you will continue to have a duty not to share any “highly confidential” information about your employer with others. Your employer may have put further restrictions on you in your employment contract and you should also be aware of these when choosing to discuss workplace issues with others.

If you decide to make personal contact with another employee, who you trust, you may want to discuss more about your own situation. This should only be done off-line and once you are satisfied that you trust that person not to repeat any confidential details about what is happening at work. You can, of course, discuss your personal situation with a legal adviser including someone on an advice line. If you are submitting information about a third party, we assume that you have sought their approval for this information to be used in the same way.


 6. WEN Moderators

The WEN forum is moderated although our policy is to keep intervention to a minimum. However, we will remove postings that are obscene, racist, sexist, attack disabled people, or are homophobic, contain personal attacks or break the law. You can report a post that you think should be deleted by clicking the report abuse button. Please think about using the same language as you would if you were speaking directly to someone. We will delete any spamming or link building attempts. Please report suspected trolls and trouble-makers to us by email: wenmoderators


7. Links to other websites

This website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, WEN cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this Privacy Statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

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