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Can I sue my ex employer for defamation?

Can I sue my ex employer for defamation? Topic: Sh case statement
July 19, 2019 / By Cynthia
Question: I one day without saying a word walked out of my job and never returned. I was tired of the lack of customer service and treatment for their residents, lack of respect for employees and other practices. I recently saw a resident on my way home and he tells me that everyone is dragging my name through the mud, ex coworker, supervisor, office administrator. Telling residents all I did was lie to them, never kept my promises, did not follow through and they are making seem that I was let go when I actually walked out and quit. Is there any legal action I can take against them?
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Biddy Biddy | 4 days ago
Defamation of character likely does not work like you think it would. The person making the damaging statement must have "published" the statement, meaning that some third party must overhear it. In print, this is libel, and in spoken word, this is slander. Now, here is the trick: The thing said/written must have been expressly "published" with the intent of causing you harm (to include damaging your reputation). Things which are said/written that harm your reputation as a side effect typically do not qualify. Normally, a person saying things which you may consider to be damaging is simply telling a story, and the intent is to entertain, not to damage you. The primary intent of defamation must be to cause harm to you. Secondly, the thing said/written must have actually damaged your reputation, provably. That's very tricky. It first requires the third parties to believe the terrible things about you, and then requires them to have lowered their opinions of you as a result. "Provably" means that you would need witnesses to testify that they overheard the things, and decided you were a piece of sh*t as a result. Thirdly, the thing said/written cannot be true. In the likely event that part of the statement is true and part is not, you would have to be able to prove that the untrue parts damaged your reputation, and not the true parts. That's very difficult to do in the case of an exaggerated story that contains some truth, and a lot of false details. If you believe you can meet all three of those criteria, it is still an uphill battle. Defamation is a civil charge, which means that you will be suing, typically for monetary damages. Such damages are based on the actual harm (again, generally monetary) that you suffered from the defamation. Unless the defamation interferes with employment or business opportunities, there is generally no financial harm. You can still seek damages for psychological pain and suffering, but this is obviously difficult to quantify in terms of dollars. So, lawyers will generally not take such cases, as they have no way of knowing if the payout will be worth their time. You CAN take legal action. You can sue anybody for anything, at any time. Your odds of finding representation and winning damages are very low. You should not take my word for this; contact an attorney in your area to discuss it.
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Biddy Originally Answered: Can I sue my ex employer for defamation?
Defamation of character likely does not work like you think it would. The person making the damaging statement must have "published" the statement, meaning that some third party must overhear it. In print, this is libel, and in spoken word, this is slander. Now, here is the trick: The thing said/written must have been expressly "published" with the intent of causing you harm (to include damaging your reputation). Things which are said/written that harm your reputation as a side effect typically do not qualify. Normally, a person saying things which you may consider to be damaging is simply telling a story, and the intent is to entertain, not to damage you. The primary intent of defamation must be to cause harm to you. Secondly, the thing said/written must have actually damaged your reputation, provably. That's very tricky. It first requires the third parties to believe the terrible things about you, and then requires them to have lowered their opinions of you as a result. "Provably" means that you would need witnesses to testify that they overheard the things, and decided you were a piece of sh*t as a result. Thirdly, the thing said/written cannot be true. In the likely event that part of the statement is true and part is not, you would have to be able to prove that the untrue parts damaged your reputation, and not the true parts. That's very difficult to do in the case of an exaggerated story that contains some truth, and a lot of false details. If you believe you can meet all three of those criteria, it is still an uphill battle. Defamation is a civil charge, which means that you will be suing, typically for monetary damages. Such damages are based on the actual harm (again, generally monetary) that you suffered from the defamation. Unless the defamation interferes with employment or business opportunities, there is generally no financial harm. You can still seek damages for psychological pain and suffering, but this is obviously difficult to quantify in terms of dollars. So, lawyers will generally not take such cases, as they have no way of knowing if the payout will be worth their time. You CAN take legal action. You can sue anybody for anything, at any time. Your odds of finding representation and winning damages are very low. You should not take my word for this; contact an attorney in your area to discuss it.

Ailie Ailie
No just badmouthing you with the residents and your former fellow employees hasn't harmed you FINANCIALLY and you have NOT been PUBLICLY EMBARRASSED where the whole town or city knows about it and they did NOT post it in fliers or anything that you saw around. You only heard what is known as a RUMOR about it. For all you know this resident could be imagining things. Grow up and stop being so overly sensitive!
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Tolbert Tolbert
If people believe what they're being told and you are somehow injured by the lies (as in being denied another job), then you can sue for defamation.
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Rashawn Rashawn
Well a campaign of character assassination was put against you but you your best bet would be if you want and attorney to intimidate your past employer to stop giving you a bad reference. Be sure to have proof in documentation that you quit and were not fired.
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Mason Mason
If you walked out without telling anyone the argument could be made that you were terminated. As far as the other stuff like any defamation suit you have to prove that you A) That they actually said the things, B) that they were untrue and the employer knew they were untrue and C) that you have actual damages.
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Mason Originally Answered: Do i have to tell employer?
If you lie on an employment application thats grounds for imediate firing. If the application asks then leave it blank and let them ask you verbally.

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