I’m so glad you’ve got plenty of work to fall back on. Definitely takes the edge off something like this knowing you’ll be comfortable regardless.
I loathe work places and how they treat people. I loathe how they never truly care for the well being of people they employ. I got signed off recently from work for stress due to the overwhelming workload I’m having to deal with (it’s been 18 months of us dealing with 3x our usual work load, and in the end I just couldn’t handle it). And on Friday I got an email advising that they are investigating serious concerns about the quality of my work. Funny enough, last month I had a performance review and scored very highly across the board and was praised for being producing the highest quality of work.
As soon as I got myself 3 weeks off work for stress (and also physical sickness), they’ve mysteriously found serious concerns with my work.
It’s pretty much why I never like to go above and beyond for an employer because they never truly appreciate it and you’re always one mistake away or one instance of bothering someone in senior management from being in serious trouble with your workplace.
Keep your head up brother, enjoy your time out from work to do some things you enjoy snd haven’t been able to prioritise and get straight back into work when you feel mentally and physically rejuvenated. So long as you’ve got money to pay the bills, work can wait for now.
And don’t ever let this drop. Chase this as far as you can. I work in the legal profession, unfortunately not employment law so I can’t help, but just reading your stuff I can fully believe you’ve got something worth pursuing.