Handling False Accusations in the Workplace

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The Kaufman Law FirmAugust 31, 2020Employment Law

Most of us just want to go to work every day, do our jobs, and earn an income so we can support ourselves and our families. However, facing false accusations in the workplace can be devastating and lead to a person feeling like there is no way out of a difficult situation. This is especially true as the internet and social media have made it easy to transmit and access false information. If you have been the victim of a false accusation in the workplace, contact the Los Angeles employment lawyers at the Kaufman Law Firm as soon as possible. We will conduct a full investigation into this case and work to reach a successful resolution on your behalf.

The impact of false accusations in the workplace

A false accusation is any false statement made by a coworker, supervisor, or any other individual related to your work. For example, a coworker may accuse you of stealing proprietary information from the company or stealing office equipment from a company storage site. This type of false accusation can significantly harm your reputation, cost you your job, and cause you to experience some very emotional distress.

Depending on how a false accusation is transmitted, this could be considered slander or libel. Slander is when false information is written or published about you. Libel revolves around a person speaking false accusations out loud.

Defamation laws

Both libel and slander are considered forms of defamation if they are made maliciously with the intention of harming your reputation. Defamation is unlawful, and employees who have been falsely accused have the right to clear their name. In fact, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for defaming your reputation.

Gathering evidence of the false accusation

In order to confront false accusations made against you, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible. For example, you should take photographs or screenshots of any published or written false accusations made through email, on social media, or any other platform. Gather other individuals in your workplace who can serve as witnesses to show that the false accusation is not true.

Importantly, do not ignore the situation after you hear a false accusation has been made against you. This could only make the situation worse.

Remain calm after hearing a false accusation

It can be understandably upsetting to hear a false accusation about you being made in the workplace. First, remain calm. It may be instinctual to lash out and say things that you will regret later on that could be used against you in court. Go directly to your supervisor after you hear a false accusation. It is your employer’s job to investigate the circumstances related to false accusations because they must ensure a safe working environment that is free from hostility. As soon as you hear about a false accusation, you should consider contacting a Los Angeles employment lawyer to review your case.

We can help you through this

If you or somebody you love has been the victim of a false accusation in the workplace, you need to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. At the Kaufman Law Firm, our Los Angeles employment lawyers are going to get to work on your case immediately. We understand the legal aspects of these circumstances, and we may even be able to secure compensation on your behalf if your employer or a coworker intentionally made false accusations against you. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 310-981-3404.

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