Here is the situation I...
Here is the situation I find myself in:
So I just got terminated from work this past Friday after being on administrative leave for the past three weeks in which I was to be psychologically evaluated. The company was worried I might be depressed or could harm myself due to my having an outburst (no, nothing bad. I just got angry at a couple people about something stupid) while at a class being held for work.
I went to the psych session and was told by the psychologist that my test came out well and later, once he found out that I was on administrative leave, he said he'd write an addendum stating that I should be taken off leave immediately and be brought back to work with the idea that I go for a few more sessions just to make sure I was okay and to basically get signed off.
So after three weeks of waiting I was told I was being terminated due to "poor work habits." Which is ironic as I have an email in my possession from my boss stating how wonderful of a job I'm doing. Another employee once referred me to as "the backbone" of our base.
Here's what I wasn't privy to and what a witness/co-worker has just informed me of:
Witness saw one day co-worker #1 (male) sitting on the couch with co-worker #2 (female) trying to convince co-worker #2 to write a letter to human resources. Witness did not realize at the time what letter was about or who it was about.
Later witness saw both co-workers working said letter in the office with co-worker #1 coaxing co-worker #2 as to what to say in the letter. The letter was then emailed to human resources.
Witness never read the letter but I can only fathom that it being from a female worker that it would have to be something related to sexual harassment being it was coming from a female co-worker. I explain why down below.
On the day before I got fired the witness was talking to co-worker #1 about my coming back and co-worker #1 said "oh no! They got more on him now. He ain't coming back!"
On the day I got fired, when the witness came into work, both co-worker #1 and #2 were rejoicing at my being terminated and even asked the witness wasn't he just as happy as well.
Here's where it gets weird sort-of: my boss had previously mentioned co-worker #2 saying something about sexual harassment which naturally freaked me out due to it not being true at all. In any way. In fact, I've never been accused of sexual harassment in any job I've ever had in my life.
So what did I do? A couple of days later I sat down with co-worker #2 at work and went over everything my boss had said and she absolutely denied it and by her voice I could tell she was sincere. She stated that our boss had totally misinterpreted what had been said and even told me what she had said and that in no way shape or form was she feeling harassed or fearful of me. Also, in the conversation, she brought up an example of me being what she thought was anti-social. I explained to her that I wasn't being anti-social but was, in fact, giving her space. She replied "You don't need to give me space."
What she doesn't know was that I video recorded this conversation (in our base which is open to the public during daylight hours and wherein anyone could have walked in at any time and also two other employees were just in the next room) in which she states there is now way any sexual harassment or anything of such nature because I was paranoid after what my boss had said and I didn't want her saying I said anything to her which wasn't true.
Now since I had told her, and this is in the recording, that our boss had told me not to tell her what he had said to me and that he had no idea our conversation ever took place he never knew that he had been wrong in his assumptions. So working off the fact of what he believed the two co-workers conspired to write this letter and basically guarantee my termination
Do I have a case at all? Slander? Defamation? Libel? Can I get a restraining order to keep them off my apartment complex property? I don't care about monetary rewards as much as just clearing my name of any wrongdoing. I know fighting something like this can be nothing but an uphill battle but this time it isn't my word versus her word. It's her own words versus her own words.