What are my rights if my former employer is coming to my new job and spreading a rumor that he fired me because I was stealing?

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What are my rights if my former employer is coming to my new job and spreading a rumor that he fired me because I was stealing?

This is completely untrue.

Asked on January 26, 2012 under Personal Injury, Florida

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You could sue your former employer 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.

Your damages (the amount you are seeking to recover in a lawsuit for defamation) would be an amount to compensate you for the injury to your reputation and includes items such as mental distress, loss of friends and associates resulting from the defamation and if applicable physical illness and medical bills.


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