hat can I do if my boss is spreading lies about me?

I work as a server and had some legal trouble. I am working out the details, as video shows that I did not do what they are accusing me of. One of my managers and his manager are openly talking about my case and how I beat someone for more than 10 minutes after they were unconscious. This is not true. This is making my working environment uncomfortable. Also, no one is willing to step up and say they heard any of this for fear of losing their job. HR will not hear my complaint with having statements first. They will not go to my co-workers; I have to do the leg work. I am looking for a new job but really what else can I do?

Asked on November 28, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

If someone, including a supervisor, is making untrue factual statements about you which damage your reputation (basically spreading lies which make you look bad), you could sue them for defamation, seeking a court order that they stop and/or monetary compensation. You would sue the people doing this personally, not your employer; since spreading lies about you or damaging your reputation is NOT part of these person's jobs, the employer is not responsible for this. If you want to explore this option, consult with a personal injury attorney.


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