1/24/14 ate at Apple Bees with a group of coworkers for lunch. I was accused of not paying my bill and my employer was contacted where i underwent questioning regarding the accussation. I informed my employer that i did pay to a staff member on duty with cash. A police report was never filed, by the establishment however i underwent questioning from my employer. I felt my reputation had been tarnished and caused embarrassment.for me. i just feel that my rights have been violated as a customer.
Criminal Defense Attorney
If the agent for Applebee's called your employer and specifically accused you of the crime of theft, without justification, the you may have a claim. A fall semester accusation of committing a crime is slander per se and the damage is obvious such that punitive recovery is available.
You should have an attorney follow up on this with a demand letter to Applebee's.
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Know that defamation lawyers typically want $5000 up front just to begin a defamation case, and without significant damages, the case could cost you thousands more than you recover, if anything, but it's your money to spend how to like. Good luck.
Personal Injury Lawyer
If the agent of Apple Bees made a false statement that injured your character then you could have a claim. Remember however, that defamation suits are difficult to pursue and damages are difficult to assess and collect.
I have been successful in these cases in the past, but I do warn that recovery is not usually high without tangible lost wages or medical bills. Feel free to contact an attorney about your rights
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Personal Injury Lawyer
From the limited facts and without knowing more, I don't see that it is worth pursuing a lawsuit. Sorry. However, the best way to get retribution is not to patronize the establishment anymore.
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