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False Accusations Within the Workplace


Defending Yourself Against False Accusations at Work

When people get up and go to work in the morning, they are not typically thinking they will show up and face an allegation of illegal activity or bad behavior. But unfortunately, this has happened to individuals. Sometimes to reliable, good employees who have done nothing wrong.

Digital communication and social media accounts can lead to false information being distributed quickly before the allegation is even assessed. If you find yourself facing a false accusation at work and are unsure where to turn for help, discuss your situation with a Columbus employment attorney.

False Information Can Lead to Job Loss and Reputation Harm

When a boss or coworker makes a false accusation against you within the workplace, the fallout can be severe. For instance, if a person you work with claims you have stolen from your employer, it could cost you your job. Even when statements are rumors, there can be emotional distress and harm to a person’s professional reputation.

Each situation is unique. In some cases, false accusations can lead to wrongful termination claims. In other situations, the accusation could be qualified as slander. When false statements or accusations are published or written, the term to use is slander. If the information is shared verbally, through speaking out loud, it is classified as libel. What libel and slander have in common is they are both forms of defamation. When an individual or group uses libel or slander to intentionally hurt a person, it is illegal.

What To Do When Someone Makes False Accusations Against You at Work?

Collect Evidence to Prove the Accusation False

Gathering documentation about the event is extremely helpful when proving an accusation was false. This can be done in many ways, including the following.

  • Photos or copies of published or written material
  • Screenshots of information shared via email or social media
  • Witness accounts of what occurred

If you read or hear information about you at your Ohio workplace that is negative, harmful, and untrue, do not ignore the situation. If you are unsure what to do, talk to a Columbus employment attorney.

It is important to remain calm and approach the situation with a level head. Anger can lead people to say things they later regret. Instead, if you are able to speak with your supervisor and let them know there was a false accusation, that could lead to results. After all, it is your supervisor’s job to provide a safe work environment. If the hostility continues or comes from your boss, other actions may be necessary.

For example, if a manager or other supervisor makes a false accusation, it could be a defamation case. False assertions of misconduct, illegal activity, or dishonesty need to be taken seriously. Your livelihood and reputation are at stake. Take action to protect yourself and your rights when false accusations or wrongful termination occur.

Did you lose your job because of a false accusation? Contact the lawyers at Coffman Legal LLC today. We are strong and committed advocates for all Ohio workers and use our experience and knowledge to help you. Call 614-949-1181 for a free and confidential consultation.


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