Can I sue a former employee or employer for fause accusations made against me that resulted in me losing my job and denied unemployment?

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Can I sue a former employee or employer for fause accusations made against me that resulted in me losing my job and denied unemployment?

Asked on November 29, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the party who made the false accusations for defamation.  Defamation is a false statement made with knowledge of its falsity communicated to a third person who recognizes the defamatory content and the statement is injurious to your reputation.

Libel is written defamation.  Slander is spoken defamation.  Each repetition of the defamatory statement is actionable in a lawsuit for defamation.

Your damages (the amount of monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit for defamation)  would include loss of employment, mental distress, medical expense, and loss of friends and associates resulting from the defamation.

Your lawsuit for defamation could also include a separate cause of action (claim) for wrongful termination. 


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