My employer received a false complaint of sexual harassment from an individual who has been stalking, and trying to extort me for three years. The complaint was made as another attack on me because I started a relationship with another individual who is employed at the same organization. The individual that made the complaint was not employed by the organization at the time of the relationship. The harassment charge has been proven false, the stalking and harassment by this individual against me has been confirmed. I am married which makes the relationships morally wrong, but they were consensual and outside of work. I have had no performances issues, in fact a high performer. I was suspended with pay and now told I cannot return to my position as a Manager. This has happened before in this organization at a higher level with a Vice President and a Director both were allowed to keep their positions. They were white, I am black. I'm being offered a severance package.
I recommend that you immediately contact an employment attorney in your area to discuss the full facts of this unfortunate situation and to review the proposed severance package. More facts are needed to give an answer to your questions.
An employer who does not have a contract with their employees can fire them at any time for any reason, except an illegal reason. This is questionable whether there is an illegal reason, You should seek the assistance of an employment attorney right away. SOL on these issues is incredibly short, FYI, so act NOW. Good Luck,
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