i was falsely accused of a crime by a former employer and now i am wondering can i sue them for defa,ation of character?

i was accused of stealing over $500 worth of product from a former employer. this is a false statement yet supposedly there has been a police report filled. knowing that i am innocent of this charge I am now wondering if there is grounds to sue them for slander

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

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally, to prove defamation, you must show that a statement (written or verbal) was made to a 3rd-party and that the statement is false. You must also have suffered damage to your reputation and you must prove monetary damages that you have suffered (i.e. you were fired from a job, or you are prevented from getting a job).

Not knowing all the facts of your case, it appears that you have grounds for a suit. Remember that you have to prove that the statement is false and that you have suffered monetary damages.

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally, to prove defamation, you must show that a statement (written or verbal) was made to a 3rd-party and that the statement is false. You must also have suffered damage to your reputation and you must prove monetary damages that you have suffered (i.e. you were fired from a job, or you are prevented from getting a job).

Not knowing all the facts of your case, it appears that you have grounds for a suit. Remember that you have to prove that the statement is false and that you have suffered monetary damages.


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