I need some advice here....
I work for a small division of a large company. My physical office consists of two separate departments. My department is me (Team Lead) and three workers - our boss works in a different physical location. The other department consists of Head of Division (basically lateral to my boss), Director, Team Manager, Team Leads (6) and workers (20).
One of my workers, A, used to be the receptionist but graduated college and subsequently was moved to my group after I lobbied for her for several months. Head of Division had to fire the receptionist, B, that replaced A. He asked me and my team to help out until he could hire a new receptionist. I expressed to him my concern that all the repsonsibilities would fall on A because she knows how to do them. He assured me that this would not happen.
One of the nice things the company does is provide lunch for all the employees once a week. It is the responsibility of the receptionist to pass around menus, place the order and organize the food once it comes.
The next week after B left, Director went straight to A, bypassing me, and told her it was her responsibility to take care of lunch from now on. Director is not A's boss, or even in the same department - he should have asked me or my boss first. A was not happy about this and asked me to find another solution. We were both peeved that Director didn't ask, but rather told. I spoke with Team Manager, who used to take on this responsibility, and asked her if she would mind splitting the responsibility with A, switching off weeks. She said she thought A had wanted to do this and volunteered, but I explained that she had not volunteered. Team Manager then said she would be happy to do it herself - I offered the help of A and myself whenever she needed it.
A few weeks go by and A brings a holiday gift for Head of Division. He then tells her that Team Manager told him that I refused to let her handle the lunches and that I said A was too busy. Team Manager also told Head of Division that A had volunteered but that I just wouldn't let her do it. A replied that she and I had discussed this and I had asked Team Manager to split the responsibility.
Another week or so goes by and I have a meeting with my boss. He tells me that Head of Division said I was overprotective of my group and was told that I said A could not handle lunches even though she volunteered. I set him straight. I said I wanted to talk to Head of Division myself and clear this up, but my boss said he would do so.
A week later I asked boss if he had spoken to Head of Division about this. He said no. I asked if I could, and he said he wanted to do it himself.
It is now another week later and I have heard nothing. I feel that Team Manager's deliberate misrepresentation of me is damaging to my reputation and the perceptions of my professionalism. My character is being smeared here.
Obviously Team Manager is lying. Should I confront her? I don't think it is a good idea to go around by boss's back and talk to Head of Division directly. However we are all going to a large company holiday party tomorrow where Head of Division, Director, Team Manager and my boss's boss will be (boss isn't going) so I would have the opportunity to say something to one or all of them in a more relaxed setting.
An I totally nuts for being upset about this? Boss said to just "let it go" but he says that about everything.