Do I have a case?
I was fired 3 months ago for sexual harrasment. I was notified (by cell phone) on a Friday (my day off) that my superiors needed to meet with me about something urgent but they wouldn't elaborate. I was out of town at the time with my daughter and finacee and couldn't attend the meeting. They informed me that my manager would meet with me privately on my next working day which was Sunday. I came in to work and was confronted by my manager and told that I was on administrative leave pending a thorough investigation into claims of sexual harrasment. The woman that notified me on Friday was our HR manager. She left Saturday morning for N. Carolina to visit family, and didn't return to work until monday morning. She contacted me at 11am Monday morning and asked if there were any comments that I might have made or gestures, any thing that may have gave someone the wrong impression, because as we all know sexual harrasment is about perspective. I told her that, she knew me and this type of thing was not up my alley and if I was I would not commit such an act while my fiancee worked in the same building! We ended the conversation with her telling me that: "...everything will be fine I will dig deep into this and get it resolved. You'll be back to work in no time." She called me 45 minutes later and terminated me for sexual harrasment.
Question #1 - What kind of evidence is needed to support termination for sexual harrasment? Since I know I did nothing wrong, what could have prompted this?
Question #2 - How long does a 'thorough' investigation into these matters take before a decision is reached?
Question #3 - Do I have a legal course of action here, since all my job hunting attempts have met with disaster because some one in that HR department is slandering me to potential employers when they call for a reference.
I still have some friends that are employed there. Former employees of mine and collegues who have filled me in on who may have started this ball rolling. But I am afraid to take legal action because I can't afford an attorney right now. I can't even get a job!
Desperatley seeking resolution.