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NSW Accused of Theft by Previous Employment - Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by ClaireSydney, 7 January 2017.

  1. ClaireSydney

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    Dear LawAnswers,

    Recently, I was offered a new dream job, so I resigned from one of the largest multinational companies in the world. Left on great terms with everyone. My manager said I can return if my new position did not work out well, etc.

    Last day, as requested, I handed in every piece of company property in my possession. Laptop, building access cards, etc. I even left company pens. I was quickly accused by HR and I.T. of not returning a second laptop. Stealing it. My managers were contacted. I had missed calls and messages from them asking to urgently call as I was being accused of theft.

    In the middle of doctor appointments, medicals, pathology appointments, nervously studying for my Australian Citizenship Test (miraculously and thankfully passed and scored 100%), selling my car, packing up a house, booking flights...I was beyond busy and by the time I got around to returning calls, it was all sorted. They found the record of the returned Laptop. It was found and all was fine. I received a text to say 'no need for meeting on Monday, we found the laptop'. No apology. Nothing.

    Relieved and thankful it was sorted but...Now I am horrified and so embarrassed to think, all my colleagues would have known that I was accused of stealing this laptop. This great company, that I've lost all respect for, genuinely thought I stole from them. What a horrible ending.

    What is your opinion?

    Kind regards,
     
  2. Tim W

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    Do nothing. Move on.
     
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  3. ClaireSydney

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    How do I delete my post?
     
  4. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    Can't delete posts.

    You may have a case for defamation but it is unlikely to be worth the effort, and you run a risk of 1) not winning and paying costs, 2) sullying your own name by your own actions.

    Put your reaction down to stress and enjoy your new job.
     
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  5. Tim W

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    You do not have a ground for defamation unless you have suffered loss of reputation.
    Mere embarrassment is not generally sufficient.
     
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  6. Rod

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    Agree. Being accused of theft however would likely be construed as a loss of reputation, not mere embarrassment and a good lawyer such as yourself could draft the appropriate claim :)
     
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