Three female employees of XYZ Corporation accused the company Vice President, who is their immediate superior, of sexual harassment. The three female subordinate employees, Ann, Beth and Clara, conspired, amongst themselves, to falsely accuse Ted of sexually harassing Ann. Beth and Clara told human resources, during the company’s investigation, that they witnessed Ted’s offensive conduct of a sexual nature. The human resource department rightly concluded that, based on the statements from Ann, Beth, and Clara, Ted committed sexual harassment. A decision was made to terminate Ted’s employment, despite his vehement denials.
Ann had been on a final performance warning issued by Ted six months before. Her year-end review was coming up, and Ted had planned to recommend her termination for continued poor performance. Now, Beth’s conscious is bothering her, knowing that she, Clara and Ann conspired against Ted and falsely accused him of sexual harassment. Beth later informed human resources of their actions. The company, shortly thereafter, terminates Ann, Beth and Clara. Ted learns about the circumstances relating to their terminations and files suit against the company and Ann, Beth and Clara. What causes of action, if any, do you identify based on this factual scenario? What are Ted’s arguments? Does he prevail in the litigation against his former employer? Is his claims(s) successful against three former female employees? Discuss fully