Previous employer lied to my current employer

I left my job of 5 years. I gave my 2 weeks notice and worked the full amount. After leaving my previous boss contacted my new boss and said I was about to be fired anyway. I never had any disciplinary action in my entire 5 years of employment so this was clearly a lie is this allowed to happen?

Asked on August 30, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can sue your previous employer for defamation.
Defamation is a false statement made with knowledge of its falsity communicated to a third party which is injurious to your reputation.
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) would include lost income, loss of friends and associates, emotional distress, etc.
You may be able to recover punitive damages (a substantial amount to punish the intentional wrongdoing of your former employer).


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