I was accused of something I did not do,and terminated for it. The women who submitted the complaint, accused me of shoving her. This was malicious.

It was blatant libel and I have no recourse,I was simply asked to leave the building andnot to return. Do I have no recourse?

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You were an at will employee, unless you had a written contract (or if you had an employee handbook that limited the reasons for firing, and was worded so it could be used as a contract against the employer, which is rare).  This means you can't do anything against your former employer, your job is gone.

It wasn't libel unless it was done in writing;  otherwise, it was slander.  It would still be something you could sue her for, but the main problem here would be proving that it was untrue.

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You were an at will employee, unless you had a written contract (or if you had an employee handbook that limited the reasons for firing, and was worded so it could be used as a contract against the employer, which is rare).  This means you can't do anything against your former employer, your job is gone.

It wasn't libel unless it was done in writing;  otherwise, it was slander.  It would still be something you could sue her for, but the main problem here would be proving that it was untrue.


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