The franchise should hire an attorney to defend the franchise. That attorney may or may not also protect you. Polygraph results are not admissible in court under the Frye or Daubert standards. Yiu should consider hiring an attorney.
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You really should at the very least consult with an attorney about this. Do not take a polygraph test, don't even think about it.
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As I read your post, you are asking whether there is some way to shut down or opt out of this investigation of a baseless allegation. The answer to that question is "no." Once the report is made, absent a withdrawal of the claim and allegation by the complainant, the accused person has no ability to simply shut the process down with a denial. It isn't clear from your post whether you are an employee or contractor for the franchisee. If an employee, your employer should engage counsel and defend here. If you are a contractor, you should tender notice of the accusation to your liability carrier.
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