I was accused of stealing a phone and fired...

I was called to the office where 5 people were standing... I was then told a phone was banging off in my bunk.... I was told to go get the phone or the police would be called... I mentioned that they was wrong and I didnt have the phone they are talking about... That it is ok let the police come as I encourage it... I was punched in the face by the General Manager and fired... At the end of it all when the smoke cleared.... I find out it was a supervisor and my girlfriend whom manufactured the lie.... I was part of their plan to get me fired so they could be together..... What is my possibilities to come out with anything left of my lifes efforts? I've always lived by that saying no one owes me a life.... But now I ask if no one owes me a life then how come I had to pay mine for others?

2 answers  |  asked Oct 7, 2014 3:02 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (2)

Arthur Schofield
Ms. Towzey's advice is spot-on. I would add that you apply for unemployment compensation as well.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Oct 8, 2014 06:02 AM [EST]
Phyllis Towzey
You have a claim for assault and battery. You did not mention whether the police arrived. If they were not called, you should go ahead and report the crime. You should then speak with an attorney about filing a civil action for assault and battery against the manager, as well as an action for damages against the employer for breach of fiduciary duty and negligent supervision (of the manager who assaulted you). As far as your job, it may be something your attorney can negotiate with the company over, but you would not have a claim for wrongful discharge if you were fired because they incorrectly believed you were guilty of theft, unless you have a written employment agreement that guarantees you certain rights, or unless you are in a union. Florida is an "employment at will" state, which means your employer can fire you for no reason at all. You should consult with an attorney who practices in your area (Miami?). Good luck. I'm sorry you were treated this way.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Oct 7, 2014 3:17 PM [EST]

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