What to do if I lost job due to false allegations by my boss?

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What to do if I lost job due to false allegations by my boss?

My boss discharged me saying that I falsified company records and was being deceptive during a HR interview. My boss also claimed that I was going around the workplace trying to find dirt on him. A deputy at the labor department said my employer could not produce sufficient evidence to discharge me. Do I have a slander case since I lost my job due to the false allegations?

Asked on June 18, 2012 under Personal Injury, Colorado

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You can sue your boss 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.

Slander is spoken defamation.  Libel is written defamation.

Each repetition of the defamatory statement is actionable in a lawsuit for defamation.

Since the slander falls within the category of imputation of characteristics incompatible with your business, trade or profession, you can recover general damages in your lawsuit.  Your damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking to recover in your lawsuit) would include mental distress, loss of friends and associates resulting from the defamation, and if applicable medical expense and physical illness.

It would also be advisable to speak with an employment law attorney about wrongful termination.

 


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