Can I file a defamation of character suit for being accused of being racist and it spreading around the company?

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Can I file a defamation of character suit for being accused of being racist and it spreading around the company?

I have recently been accused of being a racist by two possibly disgruntled temporary employees who were moved to a lower paying position because of their work ability. I am a supervisor at a manufacturing company. An email was sent by their new supervisor to the plant manager, who in turn sent it to his supervisor, my supervisor, and the head of HR. I was suspended while they do an investigation into the incident and are interviewing people, some of whom I do not speak with. What type of lawyer would I need?

Asked on December 21, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

Michael Duffy / Duffy Law, LLC

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

To be able to file a defamation suit, the content would have to be false. If it's a matter of opinion, it is not actionable. You would also have to prove damages.

There may be surrounding circumstance that would have a cause of action, and depending on your company you might have other options (for example, if you ahve a union). 


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