can I sue a former employer for harassment

I worked for a floral design buisness she called me on Christmas day started
jumping all over me becaus i left a light on it was enough to make me quit
.after that she started digging in my past found out that i had been arrested
years ago so then she accused me of theft it was unfounded but before she did
that she contacted my new employer made it hard for them to keep me so they did
not want to but they let me go 7 years has past now she has done it again I am
59 years old now and she has cost me another job the employer is not angry at
me but she said becaus of it she had to let me go . this woman has sent my
arrest record from when i was young to my prior employer and the most recent
employer.is there anything I can do to make her stop this as she will keep on
doing this for as long as she can get away with it.
thank you and look forward to hearing from you
Sandi Freeman

Asked on November 1, 2017 under Personal Injury, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If the former employer is lying about you--telling new employers or other persons factually untrue statements about you--you could sue her for defamation for the reputational and economic damage you suffered. But only untrue factual statements are defamation: people may pass on or report to others true facts, including an arrest record, to other people, and you have no right to stop her from relating true facts.


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