Employment Related Defamation of Character

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What is Defamation of Character?

Defamation of character is the legal term for harming someone's reputation, usually by false statements.  Defamation of character can include slander, libel, or a combination of both.  

What is Employment Related Defamation?

Employment related defamation of character can occur if an employer makes false statements about you to a third party, such as a background check agency or a prospective employer.  Defamation issues can also arise in the workplace if an employer defames you so he or she as an excuse to fire you.  In order to be defamation in the legal sense, the statement has to be based on fact and not opinion.

What are the Remedies for Employment Related Defamation of Character?

In most states, you can bring a defamation lawsuit against your employer.  In order to win, it is likely that you will need to show that you suffered harm as a result of the statement.  For example, you may be able to prove that you lost a job opportunity as a result of the false statements.  Additionally, if an employer defames you so he or she has an excuse to fire you, then you may have a case against your employer for wrongful termination.  

I Have Been the Victim of Employment Related Defamation of Character - What Should I Do?

If you have been the victim of employment related defamation of character, you should contact an attorney experienced with employment law.  An attorney can help you to argue your case against the employer, and be compensated for the harm the defamation has done to your career and to you personally.

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Last Modified: 03-11-2013 04:04 PM PDT

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