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Defamation at work occurs when employers, customers or co-workers publish false statements of fact, without legal privilege to do so, that harm the reputation of employees.
A negative employment references can prevent an employee from getting a new job, for example, and would amount to defamation if false, but employers have a "qualified privilege," or a defense to defamation claims for employment references.
Slander refers to defamation when spoken, and libel means written defamation.
The legal test for proving and defending libel and slander claims is the same as for defamation. The new clinical director stated that I was "overwhelmed with billing issues when the biller was gone and that I had to go get help from another employee because I 'could not' han... Is this I contract for the US Govt under a contract they have with my Science & Technology company employer.
If the supervisor tells a co-worker who has no need to know that the employee did something horrible, then the co-worker is probably a third party, and the supervisor's statement is defamatory.
Public policy encourages a free flow of information among employers about potential employees, so the law carves an exception out of the law of workplace defamation for reference requests.
If the employer knows that the employee did not steal but says so anyways, the employer probably loses the privilege.
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