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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012

    Default Falsely Accused of Stealing at Work

    My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Washington

    After 3 months of working as a server at a locally owned pizzeria I was accused of stealing from the till, stealing alcohol and participating in "shady activity" at the workplace. This came completely out of the blue, as I had busted my butt, garnered positive reviews from all of my coworkers and felt I was doing an excellent job serving. When I asked for evidence, there was none. My boss stood firm in her positition when I swore up and down I had nothing to do with missing money or inventory. She subsequently let my coworkers know I was fired and why. When I came in to get my final paycheck a few days later, she told me they were still making "deductions" off of my check from everything I "stole" and I would get a paycheck but it would be "significantly less". She also claimed they were still filing a police report on me. I told her she would be talking to my lawyer and left.

    I talked with another previous employee who worked in one of the three restaraunts that the owner of the pizzeria also runs. The exact same thing happened to him- from being accused with no evidence and fired, to a fake police report and the stolen paycheck. He told me to threaten legal action, call L&I and my check would be in the mail the next day. When I awoke, my manager had texted me and in fact my paycheck was being mailed as she just wanted to "move forward" with business as usual.

    The owner of these 3 restaraunts has done this same process to several others over the last ten years or so. Im afraid that this works on other people- they get intimidated into non-action and just let their paycheck get stolen by their accusers. Is there anything somebody could do to stop this from happening to others?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Behind a Desk

    Default Re: Falsely Accused of Stealing at Work

    As your self-selected topic suggests, you can retain a lawyer and attempt to sue her for defamation. The issue being that it coud cost you more to sue her than you'll recover in damages - if you decide to try to litigate that's something you would want to discuss with the lawyer(s) you interview.

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    Default Re: Falsely Accused of Stealing at Work

    Well one idea around the costs of litigation, if the employer has been doing this to enough people, is to try a class action suit. Or you could just spread word online through a blog or Facebook or something. Bad business practices should not be ignored, whenever by legal action or by general public disapproval.

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