Can I Be Fired Without Proof Of Theft?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about accusation of theft:

I have been accused of theft, but apart from one person saying they saw me with the item there is no proof. If there was proof the police would surely have been involved. Can I be dismissed without proof, only one person’s word against mine?

Signed, Worried

Dear Worried:

In most cases an employer can dismiss someone for many reasons or no reason, whether or not there is actual proof of wrongdoing. Often a situation like this comes down to who is the most credible and if there have been other situations of concern.Sometimes one event like this is just a final reason to do what managers have considered doing for other reasons. The police might not be called if there is no proof or no desire to press charges, but the accusation is enough to justify dismissal in the minds of managers.

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