When any employee gets hired at a company or business, they expect to be treated fairly and with respect not only by their employer but by their co-workers as well. Unfortunately, sometimes current or former employers or fellow employees spread false information about their current or former co-workers. This information can cause harm to the employee’s character, reputation, and can make it difficult to find another job in the same field because of this information. This can lead to the employee having to choose a different job or career altogether. If you or someone you work with has been the victim of defamation in the workplace, then you should talk to a Tennessee employment defamation lawyer right away. They will review your case and work with you to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to for what you have been through.How is Defamation in the Workplace Defined?
Defamation in the workplace is defined by the spoken or written statement or statements have to be false and slanderous towards another employee. The information has to be published or talked about to others without permission, the person spreading the information must intent to do harm or express negligence in doing so, and it must be harmful to the person that is about.What are some examples of workplace defamation?
Workplace defamation must be harmful to another person or given with the intent of being harmful or negligent. Some examples of defamation in the workplace may include but are not limited to:
- Claiming something as a fact when it is known that it is false
- False rumors that are harmful to an employee’s character, reputation, or career
- False rumors that are offensive and may lead to a hostile work environment
- If an employer states something in a review that is offensive and had the intention of doing harm
- If claims are made by an employer about the employee that are exaggerated or meant as harassment
Workplace defamation may be difficult to prove or it may be confused with other types of behaviors or workplace actions. Some of these behaviors or actions that do not fall under defamation may include but are not limited to:
- Calling co-workers or employees names or joking around
- Rumors that happen as a part of “water cooler” gossip
- Personal opinions or perspectives that are sincere
Some other types of workplace actions or behaviors that have been disputed and are not considered defamation are:
- Statements of a person’s genuine opinion
- Actual proven facts
- Honest and sincere critiques during a performance review
- Background checks and reference checks based on facts about the employee
Workplace defamation can often be difficult to prove and involve a complicated process. This is why it is best to contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee employment defamation attorneys with the Higgins Firm if you feel that you have been victimized by defamation. We have the knowledge that is needed to determine if you are within your rights to file a lawsuit against a company or business or former employee for workplace defamation. We will answer any questions you may have and will work with you to gather any evidence that may be needed to prove your claim. We will fight for you and see to it that you get the compensation you need for loss of income and any other damages you may be entitled to. We will make sure the person or parties responsible are held accountable for their actions.
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