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A temp employee was fired for behavior and
integrity violations. He has now shown up to
the building and now is calling one of our
clients and dragging our good name through
the mud. Wondering if any legal action can be
Asked on June 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
1) You can sue--probably initially threaten to sue, and hope he learns his lesson and backs off--for defamation IF he is making untrue factual assertions or allegations about the company. They must be untrue factual claims, such as that your products are unsafe, or that you violate laws, or lie about pricing, etc. Opinions, no matter how harmful, are not defamation and you cannot take legal action: he can say that you "mistreat" workers, are "shifty," or have care more about money than integrity, and those statements, being opinions, are allowed.
2) If he is on property you control, you can have him arrested for trespassing if he won't leave.
3) If he is blocking customers or clients from entering or otherwise interfering with operations, you could sue him for "tortious"--or wrongful--interference with economic advantage (for taking wrongful actions to interfere with a contract or business).
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