If a supervisor tells co-workers he wrote me up and reason I got written up to belittle me, is that some sort of slander or negligence?

About 3 weeks ago I got wrote up for being late 3 times within 90 days. Over the past few days, four different co-workers came to me and said my supervisor has been telling people about it (bragging about writing me up) and telling them I’m on my way out the door. It was the only disciplinary action I’ve had in over 5 years with the company. I feel he’s only going about it this way to embarrass me.

Asked on August 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you write, this does not appear to be defamation. Defamation is the making of a false statement of fact to third parties, which statement damages your reputation. The truth is not defamation, no matter if it is hurtful or not. If you were in fact written up for being late, there is no defamation in stating that to others. The motive or intention of your supervisor is irrelevant; all that matters is whether the statement was true or not.


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