What action canI take against my boss for sexual harrassment and slander?

Myself and another girl that I work with are being wrongfully accused of stealing. It has come full circle around our small town, and I am mortified of the accusations. Before this, my employer tried to have sex with me twice; I isaid no to him. He also claims to have had sex with the other girl; she denies this. There has never been a boss/employee line drawn. I feel like because I have not had sex with him, that he is trying to get rid of me. The other girl quit. He has been using cocaine and acting as a boss while while drunk. This is a bar. I want my name cleared.and I feel helpless.

Asked on December 21, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

1) Sexual harassment at work is illegal; there are laws specifically against it, as well as many court decisions/cases. You could possibly sue the employer and/or file a claim with the federal or state labor department.

2) Making untrue statements of fact about a person, to other people, that damage her reputation may be defamation, which is another thing that can give rise to a cause of action and lawsuit.

3) If someone improperly tries to get you arrested (e.g. for theft) on false pretenses, that is illegal and is something that may be sued over.

You and/or the other woman should speak with an attorney; you may have several causes of action against your employer. Good luck.


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