Hello again and thank you for your reply. Like most other states, Ohio is an employment "at will
" state. That means that an employer may terminate an employee for any, or no, reason and with no notice or warning unless the termination would violate an employment contract
, company policy or employment discrimination
law. So, unless your situation fell within one of the exceptions, your employer could have terminated you even if the reason was arbitrary, misguided and just plan wrong. In addition, since you resigned, even if you did fall within one of the exceptions, you would have a very difficult time proving wrongful termination
. You can always sit down with a local employment law
attorney and discuss your case in detail, but from the few facts you have provided, it does not look like you fall within the exceptions to the "at will" rule and therefore, would not have a wrongful termination or constructive discharge
As for unemployment benefits
, when an employee resigns they are generally not qualified for UI benefits unless they can prove that they quit for "good cause" attributable to the employer. You may be able to do that if you can show that the person who accused you of this misconduct lied in their statement and you had no choice but to quit. It will not be easy to convince the hearing officer of this, but you at least have a chance.
Finally, although you did not ask, if this young lady that made those statements about you made false statements of fact to your boss, then you might have a defamation of character action against her for damaging your reputation. So, you may want to sit down with a local trial/litigation attorney who handles non-physical injury torts to discuss this is detail and see if they think it would be worth filing suit against her.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.