Do I have grounds to sue for libel?

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Do I have grounds to sue for libel?

My principal lied in a memo about things she discussed with me during a meeting and about my character and conduct. I have written and verbal proof (her evaluations of me, parental support) that these are lies. She used these lies to not renew my contract for next year. I am untenured and she has the power to not renew my contract, but she manufactured reasons for letting me go. Now I cannot get another job within the district because I was not laid off. I did go to her superior to no avail. I have no recourse under union statutes unless I was tenured. Can I sue?

Asked on June 21, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

The problem is what do you mean? Libel is more like writing it for others to read -- do you know who read it and do you know for sure what she wrote was absolutely a lie and not opinion based on her point of view and evidence she has?

You need to consult with a defamation lawyer -- civil litigation attorney.  Try www.attorneypages.com and check his or her record at the New York State Bar.


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