Q: Wondering if I have a case for false accusations ,defamation of character and retaliation. I was terminated from work.
Was unable to defend my character as my new hired ED had terminated my position prior to a meeting set up that I sat for nothing. Their decision was already made. Executive Director stated she had documented proof of allegations of me bullying , threats made to staff and rumors and gossiping. I ask to see the proof she said No. Said they were text messages and couldn’t disclose due to retaliation I may impose upon said party or parties if seen. I asked if my name was the sender of the text she didn’t know how to answer basically said my name was in the text. I feel it’s all hearsay and lies. This is hurting my chance in finding job in my field. I was with this place twenty-six months . She said I can’t use them on job applications. The accusations I believe was retaliation on their part because I knew information I shouldn’t have. I was made an example to the new and old staff. I lost wages and my integrity. I’m extremely emotionally stressed and financially at a loss.
A: Yes, you may have a case. You would probably be able to obtain copies of those documents, and additional evidence, by engaging in discovery.
A: It sounds as if you may have been fired in retaliation, but more information is needed. You mention information you learned some information you “shouldn’t have.” Does this relate to illegal activities or activities against company policy that could get management or co-workers in trouble? If this is the case, whistleblower law may apply to your case. Gather whatever evidence you can about this and about the bullying accusations, and contact an experienced employment law attorney to discuss the evidence in your case, and the possibility of moving forward with legal action.
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