When Does An Informal Chat Become Formal?

Question to Ask theĀ  Workplace Doctors about a problem interview: Should I have been warned instead of told it was an informal chat?

After an incident with a manager last week my direct manager informed me she wanted an ‘informal chat’. When I went in for the chat I was informed, ‘Karen’ was there to take notes. I was asked about the incident. My manager told me she would be speaking to the other manager involved and would be speaking to HR on the matter. If notes are taken is it classed as “informal” and should I have had notice of the chat and the opportunity of representation with me (we are non-union)? I know the other manager was interviewed about the incident and took a written report in with her.What happens now and where do I stand?

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