Most people depend on their reputations when it comes to their professional careers. In fact, we spend years building a name for ourselves to that we can get promoted or have options when it comes to other places of employment.
Building a reputation takes time.
Tearing it down takes no time at all.
You may not think of “office talk” or social media gossip will affect you or your workplace, but you are wrong. There are times when the people you work with, whether it be coworkers or managers, say things about other people that they should not say.
If they make a false claim against you, it can irreparably harm your professional career. If you need a San Bernardino defamation attorney, turn to JML Law for the experience you need when defending yourself. We will work to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Is Defamation?
Many people are not sure exactly what defamation is, especially when it comes to the workplace. If someone states false information about a person that harms their reputation, it is defamation. You may have heard the terms libel and slander:
Slander – concerns spoken statements people make about others that are false.
Libel – concerns writing, printing, photos, or other visual representations that are made about other people and are false.
Defamation consists of both libel and slander.
Under California law, there are certain elements that must be met in order for a defamation claim to be satisfied: it must be false, unprivileged, is of a nature that tends to injure or cause harm, and is at least negligent, if not deliberate.
Here are some examples of what this could look like:
- A manager does not like an employee but has no reason to terminate them. They spread rumors that the employee is doing things that are illegal in nature outside of work.
- During a dispute between employees, one of them uses social media to spread false accusations of drug use or some other abuse and it spreads to the employees and beyond.
Those are just two ways in which a defamation case could be made. Other false statements can include accusations of theft, harassment, dishonesty, or immoral behavior, all of which can harm a person both professionally and personally.
What Are Your Options
You do not have to sit back and suffer financially if someone makes false claims about you. What you need is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney from JML Law. We want to help you get your career and life back on track after someone else has tried to derail it. We will help you recover compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering damages.
- Lost income if you had to leave your job or were terminated.
- Attorney fees and court costs.
- Punitive damages against an employer if they participated in the defamation or failed to prevent it.
When you need a San Bernardino defamation attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation.
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