I was accused of taking a photo of someone's backside while I was sitting at my desk and looking at my phone. Obviously, I was probably just looking at my phone without my reading glasses (so holding it on my crossed knee) and have no idea when this supposed incident occurred. There are no cameras in our building to help solidify my case. HR looked through my phone after I voluntarily handed it over and has seemingly dismissed the claim as the misunderstanding it was. However, a handful of co-workers (all ladies) are giving me hateful looks. My company doesn't require a reason to let me go since I live in an At Will state. I'm worried that not only does this group of work-friends think I'm some sort of creep, but that they might make other false accusations or intentionally make my job difficult out of some sort of comradery for this perceived violation. I can't approach them as that seems very inappropriate and I don't know any of them well enough to clear it up myself. My direct management says not to worry, but I absolutely dread going to the office now. I'm always looking over my shoulder and trying to be hyper-aware of my actions, but I can't live with this stress forever. My wife called a lawyer and it turns out that I really can't protect myself and have no legal avenue for protecting my job. Short of asking my employer to install security cameras does anyone have any advice or similar experiences?
You’ll have to switch jobs now! This is 2019