I worked at a retail store (big company, locations in multiple countries) for a couple of years as a low level employee. I was eventually promoted to supervisor. I remained in that position for roughly two years. I was planning on continuing moving as far up the management ladder as possible.
I was accused of "harassing" a fellow employee. The incident in question never happened. I talked to the employee I was accused of harassing and this person says he has never filed a complaint and has no idea why they'd think that.
When I was confronted about the incident, they tried to get me to sign a document admitting guilt. I refused. Then I was fired.
I am currently pursuing legal action against the company, but it's a slow process.
For what it's worth, I filed a sexual harassment complaint against the manager who fired me a few months previously. Nothing came of this.
I'm looking for work, but I don't know how to explain why I was fired during interviews. In the one interview I've had so far, I was very honest about the situation, including that I was pursuing legal action against the company. The interviewer seemed receptive and understanding, but I ended up not getting the job.
I have several people from my old job, both peers and subordinates, who are willing to provide me with good references.
What's the best way to explain that I was wrongfully terminated in an interview?