Defamation is when a current or former employer or even co-worker lies or gives misleading statements about your work. These accusations and deceptions can have serious repercussions on your current and future employment. If you have been a victim of workplace defamation, contact JML Law offices today in Long Beach at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation. Let us discuss with you any and all possible legal options that apply to your case.
What Is Defamation
The legal definition of “a defamatory statement is a false statement of fact that exposes a person to hatred, ridicule, or contempt, causes him to be shunned, or injures him in his business or trade.” The two types of defamation. Written defamation is “libel” and spoken defamation is “slander.” According to the state of California, there are five elements to a defamation claim.
- A publication of a statement of fact (either oral or written)
- That is not true
- Unprivileged (public, a statement not given in legal proceedings)
- Has a natural tendency to injure or which causes “special damage,” and
- The defendant’s fault in publishing the statement amounted to at least negligence.
If someone you work with (whether they be a co-worker, manager, or supervisor) intentionally gives false statements about you, knowing the statements to be false and knowing that the statements will negatively affect your career or reputation, then they could be held accountable for defamation. A common claim of defamation happens when a former employer lies to a potential employer about your work or work ethic to prevent you from finding employment or to make it seem they had justification for terminating your employment with them. When trying to find employment, the last thing you would expect would be for your former employer to give false statements regarding your work history. It is not only unethical but opens the guilty party up to a civil lawsuit. These false statements could prevent you from finding employment, hurt your reputation, and attack your character. Protect your future and take back your reputation. Contact JML Law offices in Long Beach today at 818-610-8800 to speak with an experienced defamation attorney.
What Damages Could Possibly Be Owed
If a defamation case is proven, damages are generally given for a calculated amount based on all lost earnings attributed to the defamation. The compensation for damages could include the combination of wages lost due to unemployment, possibly the loss of future earnings, and could include the loss of benefits you would have sustained while employed.
If you have been the victim of workplace defamation, contact JML Law in Long Beach at 818-610-8800. Consult with our defamation attorneys about your case and allow us to inform you of what rights and legal pursuits are at your disposal. Our attorneys are experts at exposing acts of defamation and holding those responsible for the defamation accountable. We will diligently seek the max legal compensation for the damages you have sustained. If we can not achieve a settlement we do not get paid. Call our offices today or visit our website at www.jmllaw.com for a free consultation.
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