I worked for my former employer for almost three years. I worked as an office clerk, and was babysitting employer's daughter at night and weekends - sometimes babysitting more than doing the office work. After my salary was reduced - employer claimed it to be a "mistake" in the communication with the accountant - I left the company, and found a new job. My final pay for three weeks was not paid on time. The accountant said she is not in charge, but the owner himself. I communicated to the accountant if my paycheck won't be ready in two weeks time from the original pay date, I will put a claim for my pay to Small Claims Court. When checking on the status of my paycheck by the employment agency that found me my current job, they called my employer, and found out that I was being accused of stealing a laptop from my former employer, and he raised other proofless accusations of stealing. I wonder whether this might be my employer's way avoiding to pay me. I am worried that - since he himself, and his wife as well, is a lawyer - I might get into a serious legal dispute, if i file a claim at Small Claims Court. Is there a way I can protect myself from being accused, or having a charge brought against me for stealing?