If my wife made a fake email to complaint to her boss about other employees and now the boss is threatening her by saying she will be prosecuted, can she be?

Asked on September 25, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Indiana

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

While there are some lies for which you can be prosecuted--for example, a false police report, false tax return, etc.--generally, a false internal company email would not result in prosecution as wrong as it is, it is not a crime. However, you wife could clearly be fired "for cause" so no unemployment could be sued by the company if, in reliance on her email, they did anything costing them money and could be sued by the other employees for defamation, if they suffered any negative effects or consequences.


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