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What to Do When Encountering False Accusations at Work

Brian J Smith Feb. 11, 2015

Regardless of whether or not you enjoy the work you do, you may not see eye to eye with everyone you work with. This is a natural and often unavoidable aspect of most jobs. This can sometimes lead to false accusations being leveled at you. Many companies have dedicated human resource departments to get to the bottom of these accusations but in certain circumstances, such as false sexual harassment accusations, legal representation may be necessary. If you have found yourself encountering false accusations at your place of work, here are a few tips on what you should do.

Stay calm

This is especially true if you know the claims have no merit. Although you may initially find yourself feeling angry or resentful it is important to remember not to act on those feelings when speaking to the HR investigator. In most cases the investigator reviewing your case may be the one to decide the outcome, so make sure not to give them reason to think the complaint is true.

Make a connection

In most cases, by the time you are being contacted by the investigator, they have already heard the other person’s side of the story. This is why it is important to put your best foot forward and try to establish a human connection with the investigator. Try to get the investigator to see you as an honest employee who is either being misunderstood or falsely accused.

Gather information

The investigator on your case will oftentimes withhold information about the complaint against you. Try to gather information in a non-confrontational manner and ask clarifying questions when possible. Before the conversation ends make sure to gather the contact information for the investigator, expected time frame for reaching a resolution, information on how you need to act in the meantime and who you are permitted to speak to about the investigation.

Help the investigator

By calmly and fully cooperating with the investigator you will likely reach a resolution much quicker. Try to offer the investigator precise and clear details and avoid guessing at all costs. Do your best to establish credibility and own up to anything you may have done that could have been misinterpreted by the person who made the complaint. If you feel you are being falsely accused, make sure to help the investigator understand why someone would threaten your livelihood.

Sexual harassment

It is important to remember that making a false claim of sexual harassment is illegal. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure to be careful what you say and do in the presence of others as these cases often come down to both proof and credibility. If you are being accused of sexual harassment, it is important to find legal representation to prepare a defense.

Depending on what kind of evidence is available to prove the accusations are false, you may also be able to file a defamation suit. If you have been terminated due to this accusation you may even be able to sue for damages.

It is important to remember situations and outcomes will depend on the specific circumstances. If you or someone you know is in need of a Las Vegas criminal lawyer, call Brian J. Smith at (702) 380-8248 today.