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I terminated an employee for theft. Now, she is claiming…

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I terminated an employee for theft. Now, she is claiming that I allowed her coworkers to call her the "N" word. Also claiming that I did so without any consequence to the coworkers. She wanted to "Let me know" she says her lawyer said she has a case. This is beyond a false accusation. Should I be worried? How can I protect myself, my employees and my business? Can I file some sort of charge or request an order to make her back off and leave us all alone? We've done nothing wrong.

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Montana

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Nope. This was my first step.

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Don't think so.

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You can have a lawyer send her a warning letter that pursuing false claims is illegal and could subject her to sanction, and liability for malicious prosecution. She cannot prevail without evidence of such conduct. Given her termination for theft, her credibility is highly suspect. Had she been so called, why didnt she report it? there is no record that ever happened. You may want to gather evidence of the reasons behind her termination to have that fully ready. If you have insurance in place, you can alert insurer as you may have coverage in defending the claim and covering legal fees too.

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