I recently quit my job and then got a separation notice in the mail stating that I was fired but I quit?

I called corporate but no one is listening to me.

Asked on March 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

IF they are telling other people (NOT you--it doesn't matter what they tell you) that you were fired *and* that damages your reputation or costs you some economic opportunity (like a new job), you could potentially sue them for defamation: defamation is making factual mistatements to third parties which damage your reputation or otherwise cause you some loss or injury.
But if they aren't telling other people, or if they are, but it doesn't hurt you in some provable way, there is no action to take: 1) anyone can say anything, even false statements, directly to the target of those statements; and 2) even if negative false statements are made to other people, the law only provide compensation for the actual losses, damage, or injuries you suffer.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

IF they are telling other people (NOT you--it doesn't matter what they tell you) that you were fired *and* that damages your reputation or costs you some economic opportunity (like a new job), you could potentially sue them for defamation: defamation is making factual mistatements to third parties which damage your reputation or otherwise cause you some loss or injury.
But if they aren't telling other people, or if they are, but it doesn't hurt you in some provable way, there is no action to take: 1) anyone can say anything, even false statements, directly to the target of those statements; and 2) even if negative false statements are made to other people, the law only provide compensation for the actual losses, damage, or injuries you suffer.


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