Is there a difference between unfounded accusations and false accusations?
State/Country relating to Question: Colorado
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An individual was accused of attempted assault at the workplace. The employer investigated and determined the accusation to be "unfounded." The accused vehemently denies the accusation and any physical contact whatsoever. Did did the employer determine the accusations to be completely fabricated or did they determine that they didn't have enough evidence to pursue legal action and there may have been a possibility that something may have occurred?
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There's no way I can tell you what the employer's word choice means, as different people use different words differently. However, the definition of unfounded is "lacking a sound basis." By definition, that means the accusations were false. However, I can tell you that, in the American legal system, no one is ever found "innocent." Instead, they're found "not guilty," which is inherently different from innocent. Assault should usually be reported to law enforcement instead of an employer, as law enforcement is the only party that can pursue criminal charges against a party. The party that was accused of assaulting a coworker may have grounds to file a defamation suit against his accuser. Please remember to click accept so that I will receive credit for my time and effort spent responding to your question. Bonuses are always greatly appreciated.If you need additional clarification of this response, please ask a follow-up question and I will be happy to clarify.Sincerely,T_____________________________________Please click the green Accept Button and leave Positive Feedback so that I receive credit for answering your question. Bonuses are always greatly appreciated. I do not receive any payment at all from JustAnswer unless you click accept. Please remember: Feedback is left for me as an answerer. Please do not shoot the messenger. My control over the content of the answer is limited by the restraint of truth.
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