Can I sue my company for defamation?

I had a temporary manager for 7 months last year while my manager was on maternity leave. I called him and his boss out for not overseeing our safety program sufficiently. In my year end review for last year, there were flat out lies and, what appears to amount to, retaliation. What can I do?

Asked on March 10, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Your year-end review is no defamation, because it is made to you, not publically to others: it is an in internal thing, between your employer and you, which does not affect your reputation. Defamation, however, is only the public making a an untrue factual statement which damages your reputation to/among 3rd parties.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.