Can I sue my former employer for attempting to get me fired from my current job?

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Can I sue my former employer for attempting to get me fired from my current job?

Someone sent an anonymous letter to my current employer, which stated that one of my colleagues and I are dating. I suspect this was done by my former employer. Can I sue him?

Asked on December 13, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If it is true--no. True facts, no matter how inconvenient for you, are not defamation or anything else you can sue over. Any person may disclose any true facts they know.
If it is false--only if you can prove it is him. A suspicion is not enough:  you need proof by a "preponderance of the evidence" (evidence that your position or claim is more likely than not true) to successfully sue. If you sue without proof, you could be countersued for frivolous, or baseless, litigation--and will lose you case, anywayt.


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