Received oral promotion, never promoted
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I was recently given an oral promotion. My supervisor called me in, offered me the job, I accepted, he congratulated me, shook my hand, and told me the announcement would be sent out within the next few days. This was a promotion to Management.
Days went by and no announcement. I went to talk with my supervisor and he said he had bad news. When he informed my HR dept. that I was being made a manager they told him to wait. There was concern on their part about my treatment of female co-workers. He told me he would have to hold off on the announcement until after the 2 week investigation.
Now, I have been with this company over 5 years. Every year I have had an x-rating, the highest possible, in my annual reviews my Manager and Director have stated I am ready for management. There has never been any mention of my dealings with female employs, until the promotion. I have never signed anything or seen anything that stated I was unfair. Still haven't. The person reporting this was a peer, but I was her escalation for technical issues. She was the lowest performer on the team and I think she gave some parting shots against me on her way out the door to justify her low ratings.
Do I have a leg to stand on? Again, I have been an X and a top performer for over 5 years. I was what the company wanted until it was time to promote me. I was given the job orally by my Director, even given a hand shake to congratulate me. Can they do what they are doing to me?
By the way, I work for one of the largest internet companies in the world, the largest. The HR dept. is very strong and they call all of the shots. How can I be given a job one day by my director, and have HR remove it the next day on claims that were never brought to my attention during my 5 years and 5 reviews that equaled Xs.
Also, this female has taken all of her Managers to HR, one was a woman. So she is known for crying wolf when she falls short of expectations.
I am concerned that my whole history has just been shattered by these claims. These claims may also stop any future promotions.