What can I do if my former employer is telling everyone that I was terminated when I was not?

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What can I do if my former employer is telling everyone that I was terminated when I was not?

Is that legal? I gave my former employer a 2 week notice. It took me 4 months and about 5 interviews before I landed a job. They are saying that I was terminated and left for other reasons than of my own accord.

Asked on April 10, 2014 under Personal Injury, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

They may be committing defamation against you. Defamation is when someone knowingly makes an untrue statement of fact about you, which statement damages your reputation. Saying that you were terminated involuntarily when you were not--and when they surely know the circumstances under which you left--could easily be defamation. If they are defaming you, you could potentially recover monetary compensation from them, and/or get a court order (or enter into a settlement agreement) under which they will no longer do this. You should speak with a personal injury attorney (their the ones who handle defamation cases generally) about the matter.


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