What can I do if my regional VP (a female) has been telling co-workers at after hours at work functions, that I have slept with several employees?

This not true; I’m happily married. This is not the first time that I’ve heard this repeated to me. I’m not sure what options I have but I’m only a manager and don’t have a lot of leg to stand on. I fear she is tarnishing my hard work and good name.

Asked on November 17, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can sue her for defamation: for making untrue statements of fact which damage your reputation: while people may state their opinions, no matter how negative, or state *true* facts, no matter how harmful, the law imposes liability for spreading false factual statements or assertions. You can also inform HR or more-senior management that you  believe you are being sexually harassed (since a female VP telling sex-based tales about a male employee may well be sexual harassment) and if they don't take some reasonable action about it, you could then potentially sue the company (or file an EEOC complaint) for sexual harassment as well.


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