If you're saying that the allegation is that you stole the items from the store and its a false allegation you might have a case of slander if there was no reasonable basis for her to make the statement (if she did) or was it simply implied? The other issue is did she state it only to you or to others and next generally under law , what are your damages/ Did the statement or implication prevent you from getting a new job? Is it on your personnel record? There is so much more info needed to make a good appraisal of this issue. If you applied for unemployment did the employer oppose it and on what basis? I don't believe coercion has anything to do with the facts here unless you're stating that she coerced the res to make a statement against you, if so who did he make it to and how can you prove she coerced him and did any statement he made have an adverse effect upon you. I am surmising some of the potential issues I think you are trying to raise. More specific info is needed.