Defamation is when a current or former employer or even co-worker lies or gives misleading statements about your work. False allegations and fabrications about your workplace performance or ethics can harm your reputation, personal character, and inflict negative repercussions on current and future employment opportunities. If you have suffered from workplace defamation, contact JML Law offices today in San Francisco at 415-692-3462 for a free consultation. We have attorneys who specialize in defamation cases and can help substantiate your claim.
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. Defamation commonly happens when a former employer lies to a potential employer about your work or work ethics to prevent you from being employed or to make it seem they had reasonable justification for letting you go. When trying to find new employment, no one would expect to encounter dishonest and unfounded accusations to be stated to potential employers. These defamatory statements are not only unethical but open the guilty party up to a civil lawsuit. Contact JML Law offices in San Francisco today at 415-692-3462 to speak with an experienced defamation attorney. Defend your future and rectify your reputation.
What Damages Could Possibly Be Owed
If a defamation case reaches a positive outcome, possible damages are given for a calculated amount based on all lost earnings attributed to the defamation. The compensation for damages could include the combination of past earnings you have lost due to unemployment and could include the loss of what future earnings and benefits you would have sustained had you remained or obtained employment.
If you have been the victim of workplace defamation, contact JML Law in San Francisco at 415-692-3462. Consult with our attorneys, who specialize in defamation law, and be informed of all possible legal paths you have available to you. Our attorneys are experts at uncovering the unlawful conduct of defamation and holding those responsible accountable for their acts. We will diligently seek the max legal compensation for the damages you have sustained. If we can not achieve a settlement you are not responsible for our fees. Call our offices today or visit our website at www.jmllaw.com for a free consultation.
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