Last week one of my supervisors gave me heads up that another supervisor reported me to HR for taking food and hiding it on my work station to take home. I work in a nursing home and this was food that was going to be thrown out. The policy of not eating/taking left overs home has always been unclear since other co workers openly do this on a daily basis with no consequence.
Finally a week later my manager pulled in the office along with union rep, I explained that the food was offered to me and other co workers also took the food, and that I ate the food later on my break. According to them, CCTV clearly shows me hiding the food. But I can argue against this to my manager because when we had a meeting, she told us we can eat but not in front of the cameras. So we where not explicitly told that we cannot eat at all.
Anyway, they told me that they will submit what I said to HR and HR will schedule a disciplinary meeting sometime next week. I'm afraid to lose my job because I recently got written up over parking on the wrong spot, something unrelated to job performance. I've been with the company for 7 years.
Does HR meeting = fired?
( 7 months ago )
It’s certainly within the realm of possibility but probably not likely, especially if you’ve generally gotten positive feedback about your performance in the past. If they were planning to give you the sack, they’d likely want it done as soon as possible rather than setting up a meeting a week in advance. It could be they want to give you a chance to plead your case before deciding what action to take.
It would be a different story if there was a clear rule and you violated it with impunity, but the way you describe it, it sounds like a somewhat murky situation. You should be prepared to explain what was actually happening in the video where they claim it looked like you were hiding the food. Per @Malisbad 's comment, you should also bring up in the meeting that the behavior you're being cited for is an everyday occurrence among staff. If there is sufficient evidence that rules are being selectively enforced, depending on your location, you may also be able to make a legal case against the company in the event you are fired.
Regardless, it would be prudent to prepare for the worst. Update your resume and start looking into other opportunities. It’s always good to have a backup plan in place.