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

Answers:

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.


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