Absolutely. Accusing someone of a crime he or she did not commit constitutes defamation. You should consult with an attorney to determine what your options are. Ultimately, you would have to prove a negative, which can be difficult, but not impossible. Focusing on your employer's lack of a basis for the accusation, showing it could not have been you and that the employer failed to reasonably investigate before hurling the accusation against you will be helpful. Also, if your employer used the false accusation as a pretext to terminate you from the job, you may have additional remedies. Good luck!
If the above is uncontradicted It would appear that you may have a claim, the issue becomes what damages you would be able to prove.
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