Q: My former employer accused me of stealing 1000.00 dollars. I did not do this and can prove it.
My former employer accused me of stealing a thousand dollars. I did not do this. I was asked by him if I would take a polygraph and I said yes. I waited to hear from him and did not. 3 months later I am riding with my boyfriend and he gets pulled over and he was told that they was looking for me to give me a summons. I went on my own accord and took and payed for this polygraph at global data fusion. I passed. When I went to approach my former boss he said to consider it squashed. When I tried to hand him the paperwork he refused and I was told he wasn't comfortable with me being there so I had to leave. I still haven't gotten my paycheck nor did he offer to pay for my polygraph. I feel lime I am a victim all over again. Nor do I know if he has dropped the case against me.
A: You should speak with an attorney to discuss your rights regarding the unpaid wages. There are specific laws that regulate the time within which an employer must pay you. After the alleged theft issue was resolved, he may not be able to claim that as a defense. At the very least, you should consider filing suit in small claims court for your losses.
Contact a member of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Assn/ Louisiana Assn for Justice who handles employment related matters. There may be a number of issues, from the way it was handled on to possible other acts that may be actionable. No way he can hold his check and there is a wage hour claim and your attorney can request that the wage hour division sanction him. Good luck!
In the meantime, you can file for unemployment as you did not engage in any "wilful misconduct."
Hire an attorney to:
1) file a wrongful termination, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, negligent infliction of emotional distress case for you &
2) file an EEOC complaint if appropriate,
3) file for unemployment,
4) check on the status of the criminal case
Consult with a therapist immediately to document your emotional distress
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