What are my rights if a co-worker is trying to prevent me from getting a promotion by using my previous mugshots?

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What are my rights if a co-worker is trying to prevent me from getting a promotion by using my previous mugshots?

I am being offered a promotion at work. A co-worker has looked up my information and found mugshots from previous arrests. She has shown these to

co-workers and tried to get one of them to email the mugshots to the manager

above my manager. I want to know if I have any legal recourse for harassment

or slander?

Asked on September 20, 2016 under Personal Injury, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not appear to have any legal recourse: 
1) Harassment is harassment of you--not sending other people information about you.
2) Slander is the making of untrue factual statements to others which damage your reputation--but if these are actually your mugshots, then it's not untrue, and truth statements (or pictures, etrc.) are not slander.
3) There is no law preventing employee A from trying to prevent employee B from getting or promotion, or even trying to get employee B fired.


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