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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
A few weeks ago, a customer at my s/o's workplace accused him of discrimination. To make a long story short, there was an investigation, and he was cleared of any wrong-doing.

Needless to say, the incident caused a lot of stress for my s/o, due to the anxiety of having to go through the ordeal. I told my s/o that I think he should file a complaint against the woman for false allegations, and sue her for defamation (sp?) of character, and emotional & mental anxiety: not necessarily for monetary value, but mostly for the principle of the thing. I don't believe that the woman should be allowed to "get away" with her false allegations - not only b/c of the stress she caused my s/o - but also b/c of the fact that if she does it once, she'll most likely do it again to someone else. I think that people like her should be "put in their place", so to speak...

What would you do if you were in a situation like that?? Would you take legal action against the person, or would you let it slide??

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

~KK~
post #2 of 10
I'm sorry your SO had to go through that. I myself wouldn't bother taking legal action. She was probably one of those stupid people who are always imagining they're being discriminated against. Sounds like she needs to get a life.
post #3 of 10
It sounds like a stressful situation and I would just be happy not to have to deal with that woman again.. but it would really be up to your SO if he wanted to pursue it further.
post #4 of 10
If you want to pursue it, talk to a lawyer and see if you have a civil case.
post #5 of 10
My initial reaction is that pursuing legal action would probably prolong the stress for your s/o.
post #6 of 10
I can certainly see why you are upset and would want to sue just on principle alone.

However I agree with everyone who said that it would just prolong the stress of the situation. Your s/o has already been cleared thank goodness and any attempts to get this women to admit she was wrong or to apologize for the trouble she cause will most likely never happen..

And frankly that would be all I would be interested in hearing..
post #7 of 10
I'd try to let it go, too.
post #8 of 10
To be honest suing her would be pointless.

Something happened between the 2 of them, and she perceived that she had been discriminated against.

The company did an investigation and found no wrong doing on the part of your husband.

However, it was her perception that there was wrong doing. You can't sue someone for a perception of something.

Now on the other hand had there been no interaction between him and her, and she just walked in one day and made up a story of how he had discriminated against, that would be grounds for a lawsuit, because it was not a "perception", but an outright fabricated made up story designed to malign his character.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post

Now on the other hand had there been no interaction between him and her, and she just walked in one day and made up a story of how he had discriminated against, that would be grounds for a lawsuit, because it was not a "perception", but an outright fabricated made up story designed to malign his character.
That's the thing. The video tapes showed that my s/o had absolutely no contact with the woman on the day in question. Apparently, she got p-o'd b/c she had to wait her turn in line, and when she didn't get her way over the incident, she pitched a fit and decided to file a discrimination lawsuit against my s/o - apparently just b/c he was the manager. So it was clearly a case of some spoiled brat who didn't get her way, and decided to cause a ruckus..

So what do you do?? Let it slide, or sue for the principle of the thing??

My s/o & I are not the "sueing" kind of people, and have never filed a lawsuit against anyone. But sometimes I think it's necessary - otherwise these kind of people go around and cause problems for others. The only way to stop them is to take a stand..

~KK~
post #10 of 10
I would be tempted to contact a lawyer just to find out how to make sure the incident was completely gone from his records.
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