My question involves defamation in the state of: Indiana
I work for a program (at a non-profit agency) that aids people over 55 years-old who have a visual impairment. Often, my work requires home visits because people can't travel to the office. I visited a new client, and had a pleasant, unremarkable visit. Two weeks later, this woman calls my supervisor and accuses me of coming to her house on the weekend and stealing around $200 from her purse. I do not think that anyone at my office takes this claim seriously. The woman is unable to describe me, and her story has strange details in it that imply that she may have senile dementia. However, my supervisors have consulted with their insurance agent and their lawyer, and I am prohibited from making home visits "until this thing blows over." This is supposedly for my protection as well as that of my company. I would not be worried, but the problem is that my accuser lives in my neighborhood, and I was alone at my home when she claims that the theft occurred, so I really don't have an alibi.
My questions are:
1) I don't think that I'm going to be fired, but if I am for this reason, what is my recourse against my company.
2) Even if I'm not fired, can I sue the woman who falsely accused me? Can I do anything against her at all to force her to retract her false statement?