If I was falsely accused of theft by a co-worker, what are my rights?
Question Details: Girl lost ring at work. There is security footage of my ring falling and off my finger and me picking it up before the girl's item went missing. The camera was not of a good enough quality to differentiate between the rings but I have proof of my own engagement ring clearly needing sized. I was humiliated and made to look like a thief. Lost out I work, worried of criminal case against me. Then the girl found her ring on her own accord. Can I sue her for lost wages? I would have settled for a public work apology but failed to receive one.
You could in theory sue her for defamation: for making to other people and publically (e.g. on social media) untrue factual statements or assertions against you which damaged your reputation. Whether it's worthwhile doing so, for three days wages (which appears to ve the provable consequence of her defamation) is something you need to consider carefully, since even if you sue her in small claims court, as your own attorney ("pro se"), you will lose at least one day's wage (the day of trial/court) doing so, and you cannot get that day's pay from her (there is no recovery in the legal system for the time you spend suing). So at best, you are talking about recovering the equivalent of two days wages, and as with any lawsuit, winning is not guaranteed.