Being accused of something you didn’t do can hurt. Even worse, some accusations can cause serious damage to your reputation. If your employer falsely accuses you of something, what rights do you have? How should you respond?
If you’ve been falsely accused by your employer, here’s what you should do:
Find Out the Exact Accusations Against You
One of the first things you should do is to determine exactly the accusations that have been made against you. What does your supervisor or employer believe you’ve done? What exactly have they accused you of?
Ask for details of the accusations in writing such as emails, memos, or other types of written documentation. If your supervisor or employer wishes to speak to you in person, ask to have a staff from your company’s human resources department at the meeting. Be sure to take detailed notes. Write down the names of all staff present at the meeting, date, time, and details of the conversation.
Did They File a Police Report?
Next, find out if your employer has decided to handle the situation internally or if they’ve involved the authorities.
If the issue being kept internally, the most you can do is defend yourself. Carefully consider the allegations and present evidence to defend your innocence.
If your employer has alerted the police or intends to file a police report, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. You have the right to an attorney who can help you with your case.
According to California law, it’s illegal to make a false police report. If your employer falsely accuses you and filed a false police report, they could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense.
A false report is punishable by up to six (6) months in jail.
Did the False Accusations Damage Your Reputation?
False accusations that were not handled privately could cause rumors to spread. Consequently, false rumors could cause significant harm to your reputation.
If your employer failed to handle the accusations of fraud discretely and damaged your reputation, you could have a defamation claim against the parties involved.
Seek Legal Advice
It can be difficult to think clearly when your superiors are accusing you of something you didn’t do. No one likes being interrogated and employers can make it feel that way since they’re in a position of power. However, as a California employee, you have the right to speak with an attorney about your situation. Don’t hesitate to speak with an employment attorney who can inform you of your rights and legal options.
Consult with a California Employment Lawyer Today
If your employer or supervisor has made false accusations against you, contact our law office as soon as possible. Our experienced employment lawyers have years of experience fighting for employees in Los Angeles and throughout California. We are confident that our experienced attorneys can obtain the maximum compensation for your case and offer a “no win, no fee” guarantee. Contact Mesriani Law Group today for your free legal consultation and let us help you get the justice you deserve.