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Is there a difference between unfounded accusations and false

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Is there a difference between unfounded accusations and false accusations?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  AttorneyTom replied 6 years ago.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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?
Expert:  AttorneyTom replied 6 years ago.

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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.

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