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I am very sorry his happened. You have several options. On unpaid wages, you can pursue a claim by making demand for payment of unpaid amounts, additional penalties, and legal fees. Normally a lawyer sends a letter first, and then if needed, pursues complaint in state court under the fair labor standards act and state law, or alternatively through the labor board.
If you were defamed/slandered, you could consider a claim on that basis as well.
The evidence you have is key, and I suggest organizing it in chronological order - which helps tell the story of what happened.
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