Your previous expert has opted out, but was correct. Under the law, the only possible action here would be defamation. The elements required to prove defamation would be making a known false statement to third parties or making one with reckless disregard for the truth AND you have to prove that you suffered some actual financial harm as a direct result of the statement. The courts hold that if you prove direct financial harm as a direct result then you can add in damages for reputation damage. However, the courts state that if you cannot prove financial harm, then reputation damages are not recoverable and do not satisfy the second element of a defamation case.
Thus, you did have alcohol at work, even though you did not drink it, and a false statement was likely made since nobody saw you drink it and it was unopened. However, on the second element, unless you are fired or suffer direct financial loss for the statement, you have no grounds for an civil action
. If you do suffer actual financial loss, then you can sue the person who made the statement for defamation.
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