It happened once before and they found the counting machine to be incorrect. The second time my register was short they said they know i didn't take it but is was their policy to let me go. They said i could reapply for my job in 3 months. Why would they want me back if they are accusing me of taking money from the register that has many camera above it. They told me to apply for unemployment and then protested against it. The is deflamation of character and could ruin any chances of me gettting another job.
DEFAMATION AFTER TERMINATION FROM JOB?
It is possible that you may EVENTUALLY have a claim for defamation against your former employer, if they falsely state to someone that you were terminated for stealing from the register. From the facts in your question, it is not clear at this point that this has actually occurred.
Keep in mind that defamation is a very difficult claim to win. Because we live in a nation that upholds the value of "free speech" (1st Amendment) there are many defenses available to your former employer. First and foremost there is a defense called the "qualified privilege" which essentially states that if your former employer is asked what type of employee your were by a new employee, they may have a qualified privilege to provide a statement (even if that statement is later found to be false.).
Bottom line: you may have a claim if your former employer keeps you from getting a new job by making false statements about your work, however you will need to consult with an attorney about the specific facts.
Attorney Kim has given you an extremely good answer.
I suggest you immediately retain an employment attorney to handle your unemployment matter if they are fighting you on it.
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