I am a material witness in a complicated case. My ex employer was terminated after being accused of making three female employees uncomfortable. An investigation found the allegations credible and he was fired. I was laid off about a month later.
I am a material witness in the case and was deposed yesterday. Over the course of more than a year, I had documented issues of bad behavior including lying by the women who filed the complaints. During the course of the deposition, it came out that one of the women who made the complaints told the investigator that I was having sex with my employer and said that I had said, "I like that I'm his bitch." Both of these are not true, indeed I was never alone with my employer outside the except for working lunches in public restaurants.
I was never interviewed by the investigator despite my documented history of issues with the women. The report was disseminated to the board of directors, a very influential group of statewide business and political leaders. My employer was fired as a result of the report so it was taken seriously and as the findings were deemed credible.
1) Since I was let go less than a month after my boss was fired, can I file a wrongful termination
suit myself? My performance reviews were excellent and I received a very positive letter of recommendation so there was not a performance issue. The reason I was given was budget cuts (which may be true), but it seems clear that the accusations against me in the report influenced the decision. 2) Can I file a defamation of character suit against the individual? If so, to what end? She isn't rich and I only want my name cleared, I don't care about vindication I just want to move forward. 3) Their strategy now must include discrediting me as a witness. If they contact my current employer can I take legal action as harassment or the like?