what can i do if a old employer is telling lies about me when called for a job verification

I have a recording of a job verification and my ex employer is telling very harmful
lies about me.I can provide a copy to anyone that will help me

Asked on May 12, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can sue your former employer for defamation.  Defamation is a false statement communicated to a third party who recognizes the defamatory content and the statement is injurious to your reputation.
Slander is spoken defamation
Libel is written defamatiion.
Each repetition of the defamatory statement is actionable in a lawsuit for defamation.
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit for defamation) would include emotional distress, loss of friends and associates, lost income, and if applicable, physical illness documented by medical treatment.

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