I have been working as a software developer for a company for several months. It was a enjoyable job and everything was going great. About a month ago I was called into the director's office.
My superior, HR, as well as several members of management were sitting at a desk. They gave me a piece of paper to me and asked me to read it, and it turned out to be a document accusing me of sexual harassment. A woman in my department claimed I was harassing her verbally and sexually, however all of her claims were completely false.
She completely made up false stories or took things that did happen and twisted them to lies. I have very little interaction with this woman during my normal work hours. I would say hello to her if I passed her in a hallway, but that's about it. She claimed I would make "kissy" faces at her.
Another incident occurred when an office mate and I were waiting for the elevator and she was there as well. My office mate and I were going to get lunch I asked him if he wanted Thai food. He asked if I liked spicy foods, to which I replied yes, I like spicy Thai and Indian food. She claimed in her document that I "looked right at her licking my lips and telling her I like things hot and spicy".
Her list continued on with these false claims. The managers asked me to respond to the document, where I denied every claim held against me. They told me they would investigate the matter, and I was told to go home and not come back to work until they called. They said the leave would be paid. I haven't done any of the things she claimed, yet they are treating me as if I am guilty.
A week later they called me in to the office. I sat down with the same group and they said they did an investigation and found none of the claims to be true, however, I was being transferred to a different department with a different job. I was told not to discuss the matter with anyone.
I asked what was going to happen to the woman who falsely accused me and they said nothing. Apparently there is no punishment for possibly destroying someones career. In addition to that, the CEO called me into his office to talk to me. I thought I was getting an apology, but instead he said if this were to happen again I would be fired. I was quite angry and snapped at him saying it wasn't possible to happen again if it didn't happen in the first place.
I was proven innocent yet I feel like I am being treated as guilty. I am now working on a less enjoyable project. Although no one is supposed to know of the supposed harassment, everyone does. Peoples attitudes toward me have changed. This job has become miserable, all because a crazy woman made up lies about me. And as far as I know, this woman has had zero consequences for her lies.
What can I do?