What can i do about a company lying about an accident I had while employed with them

I drive a semi and I had an accident
where a car sideswiped me. I have since
left the company but now they won’t
release the incident report to me and
are telling companies that I caused the
accident.

Asked on April 11, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The only way you can get the report (and also force them to provide information under oath--i.e. information for which they can be held accountable, if it comes out that they lied) is in a lawsuit: i.e. if you the at-fault driver, you can then use legal process (e.g. a subpoena) to get their internal report and to take the deposition (testimony) of their staff (e.g. management) under oach. (Though be warned: depositions can cost thousands of dollars, so unless *a lot* of money is at stake, a deposition is likely not worthwhile.)
If you believe that your former employer is lying about you a way that harms your reputation or harms you economically, you could also potentially sue the company for defamation: for making untrue factual claims or statements which damage you. In that suit, too, you could sue legal process to get information or documentation from them.
In short, you need a lawsuit to compel the release of information or documentation.


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