No problem Rebecca,
I'm just a bit confused how some stranger is going to be able to simply contact your employer/boss and convince them to fire you over what amount to out right lies and something that has nothing whatsoever to do with your employment. I just don't see it happening.
However, if there are allegations of child endangerment or lewd behavior in front of a child, that might be investigated as you are employed by the school district. But when the investigation leads nowhere---then the district would presumably close the matter.
Perhaps the best way to deal with this is to aggressively go after this woman for Defamation---to file suit against her. As the things alleged never happened, she will not be able to prove that they did---and if she has told anyone
these lies---anyone at all--- aside from you and the police or other government agencies in charge of child welfare---then she has committed Defamation, and you will have a meritorious claim against her.
From a legal standpoint, defamation is the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm.
1. Slander typically involves an oral (spoken) representation.
2. Libel involves the making of defamatory statements in a printed or fixed medium, such as the internet, a magazine or newspaper.
In order to win a defamation case, you must prove the following:
- A false statement was made about an individual, generally yourself;
- The statement was made to a third party;
- If the defamatory matter is of public concern, (for example if you are a famous person) fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher.
- Finally, you must show that you have suffered damages.
While in some cases of defamation you must actually prove that you have suffered some sort of damage, in other circumstances where there has been Defamation Per Se, the damages are presumed and you may simply ask for money.
The law generally recognizes four types of Defamation Per Se:
1. Where an allegation is made that a person has a loathsome disease. This is typically an allegation of a sexually transmitted disease.
2. The second type is a statement that a person committed a crime of moral turpitude. This can include everything from rape or theft to child abuse.
3. The third category deals with allegations of sexual deviance or the lack of being a virgin.
4. Finally, damages may be presumed if the false statement of facts affects a person’s reputation in regard to their business or profession.
In the non-business setting, where is it not your business which has been defamed, most cases involving defamation can be appropriately handled in your local small claims court. Filing your lawsuit is easy, and your case will typically be heard in 30 to 60 days. You and James would be witnesses in your claim, and presuming that the incidents never occurred, I would presume that she would not be able to defend herself.
There is no way to stop her from exercising her free speech rights---so an injunction would not be granted. However, when you win the Defamation lawsuit, that will go a long way in showing the school district that you did not do what she accused you of.
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I wish you the best in 2013,