Is this defamation and can I do anything?

I recently had a conversation with my boss about how I feel personally bullied by her. She had this conversation recorded and replayed this conversation for my co-worker without my consent and is telling people I attacked her personally. What can I do about this?

Asked on September 19, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

That is not defamation: if she replayed your words, *she* is not making an untrue factual statement about you, but rather is allowing your own words to speak for themselves. A person's own words, accurately or truthfully reported, are never defamation, since defamation is only an untrue factual statement or claim about you made by another (you cannot defame yourself)--and not an opinion, either; opinions or subjective judgments, like that you "attacked her personally" are also not defamation. Based on what you write, this is legal.

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