I was recently terminated from my job. I have an unemployment hearing tomorrow. The reasons for my termination, in my belief, have no foundation and are based on hearsay evidence from my employees and cannot be proven.
I was accused of:
1) Creating a Hostile work environment
2) Smoking on company policy. Policy states I get 3 other options for discipline than termination.
3) Inappropriate language
Have unemployment meeting tomorrow where all evidence will be brought forth. Much of which I believe will be hearsay evidence from employees, who will not be present.
If evidence for their reasons can not be substantiated, would I have a defamtion/liable suit against them as the claims could be detrimental to me finding employment in the future in my profession.
Employment / Labor Attorney
If your employer willfully lies to a future potential employer about the reasons for your termination, then you MAY have a case against your former employer. If the employer has reason to believe that what they are saying is true, then you won't have any basis to pursue a claim against the company, and according to your posting, there are other employees who accused you of these things, giving your former employer reason to think they happened.
Of course, right now, the entire issue is moot. Many employers refuse to provide details about termination to potential employers to avoid this entire issue. If it does become a problem, talk to an attorney then.
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