I worked for a major parts retailer for 16 years as a logistics manager and have a spotless record.Two of my employees were terminated for stealing and a week later i was terminated for code of ethics and not protecting company assets making me look like a thief.This has made it impossible to find work in my field. My separation notice states that stealing is a serious violation like i had something to do with the two who confessed to what they had done.
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Nobody is going to see your notice but you, and they haven't given you a bad reference, or you didn't post that anyway.
What you describe is not defamation for a number of reasons, most conspicuously because the statement was not (and likely will not be) published to others.
Your termination is unlikely to be determined to constitute wrongful termination because the termination was not based on a prohibited characteristic (race, gender, etc,) or activity (voting, jury duty, complaining about discrimination, etc.). If you were an at will employee (no union), then you could be lawfully terminated for any reason not unlawful. Nothing in your fact summary raises issues of unlawful basis for your termination.
It is not uncommon for supervisors to be fired for the thefts of employees on an theory of administrative or managerial accountability -- essentially that it was your job to detect and prevent. You may find that you can qualify for unemployment benefits (most likely on appeal) notwithstanding this basis for your termination. UI judges know that admin accountability is not necessarily wrongful or purposeful conduct.
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