I was falsely accused of using inappropriate language at my job. As a result I was given a final warning. I have never been written up for the entire 5 years that I have worked at this company. The false accusation came from an employee who in my opinion was angry at me for failing a "mystery shop". She had her best friend, who also works there, say she heard me use the inappropriate language. Her friend was never in the vicinity at the time of the incident. I am graduating in a week, and was hoping to apply to our company's corporate offices, but now because of this false accusation and written warning, I can no longer do so. Do I have any legal means to overcome this?
Does your company have a grievance procedure, perhaps contained in an employee handbook, for employees to follow?
Is there a way for you to submit a written rebuttal to the coworker's version of the incident?
Was there a verbal reprimand followed up by the written "final warning" to which you refer?
Generally, for most employees, an employer hires and fires (and promotes) employees "at will." So the prospects are bleak when there is a blow up at the office and the hammer falls.
You may consider getting a consultation with an lawyer experienced in employment/ labor matters to go over the details.
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