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is inquiring about an alleged incident which basically involves stealing a serious consideration in establishing liabel and deffamation of my character at the work place and what can be the legal ramifications with this incident.Thank you.
Please clarify.Two months ago a coworker (while I was on vacation) told fellow coworkers I had stolen her flowers from work.She had not contacted me directly. When I returned there was a note written on the board in the breakroom written assumedly by staff listing over 30 items that had been "stolen" from the department over a time period of 3 years..number one item was this woman's claim of stolen flowers.When I went to my director and explained the situation I was called an airhead and told to work it out with the woman involved.I left the coworker a note attempting to clarify the incident ( from my point)and gave her a gift card to try to put the issue to rest.In response I
recieved a note from her that stated others in the department had already chipped in to replace her stolen flowers and I would not be forgiven.Went to HR to try to set up mediation with this employee and meanwhile the employee has taken medical leave for stress so we have not been able to have any meeting( or closure) involving HR.Two months later(yesterday) my boss has taken another employee aside and asked if I have taken any flowers of hers in the past year.."someone had told her I had" The employee unloaded on her ..said no way and chided her for being on a withchhunt.I have put in a call to HR today..waiting to hear back.. to meet once again to clear the air.What do you advise..I feel the boss is not managing slander in the work place and actually keeping the pot stirred herself..Is she acting within her rights to ask about me when as fas as I know I am not under investigation.
I had taken the flowers home as they had been left at work for 3 days with the intention to clip them and add flower fresh and return them to work ..Originally when the employee had recieved them she showed distain as her husband had "missed the boat" in rewarding her for an accomplishment.I thought by perhaps livening up her bouquet she would perhaps enjoy them but when I took them home..fed/ changed water
and trimmed them and was ready to head out of town for a week vacation..my dog decided to run off and I spent a frantic 45 minutes trying to find him and when I finally got him in the yard..I took off and forgot to return the flowers back on the counter at work and was gone for a week. When I returned the flowers were still in decent shape so I returned them as well as an explaination and the gift card.
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