I have recently been in a fight with the management team of my company. After that incident, the company accussed me of stealing proprietary information, and made me take a few paid days off while they "investigate" the issue. They are calling me in and have scheduled a meeting between myself, the management team, and the legal council. In the meantime they have slandered my character among my co-workers while the "investigation", which is a witch-hunt according to my co-workers, is still on-going.
I am 100% sure they can't find any evidence of wrongdoing, but I am also sure I don't want to stay at this company. However, I want to leave in a "clean" way. I don't want to have a record that I was fired for cause.
My questions are
If they insist that I am fired for cause, what can I do, and how do I fight for myself?
Will the fact that I was fired for cause be visible to my future employers?
What kind of legal paperwork should I expect, if I am terminated? Just to get an idea so I know what I should expect. Do I get a different set of paperwork if I resign?
My company is in New York State, United States.