How can I stop my previous boss from contacting my new boss and trying to get me fired?

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How can I stop my previous boss from contacting my new boss and trying to get me fired?

Ive been working at a job for the past 8 months. I have a bad rapport with the boss. Recently a vendor of ours had a job opening which I applied for (after hours) and got. For the last 5 weeks I have been working both my regular job as well as this new job on my days off. This past week I quit my first job entirely so that I can work for the vendor full time. Now my previous boss is contacting (and screaming at!) my new boss, telling him that he stole me away, that I am not a loyal employee etc. How can I make the old boss cease and desist this slander? And what if I get fired?

Asked on April 30, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If the former boss is--

1) Defaming you to the new boss; that is, he is making untrue factual statements about you, which damage your reputation (though note: opinions, such as that you are not "loyal," are not defamation); or

2) Tortiously (or wrongfully) interferring with your relationship with your new employer, such as by threatening to break contracts with the new employer (since breaking contracts is itself a wrongful act)

--then you may have a legal cause of action.

However, if the former boss is simply calling up to badger your current boss--yelling at him, saying he stole you away, etc.--but is neither defaming you nor using improper means to interfere directly with your employment, there is nothing you can do: the law does not prevent someone from calling others to harrange them or vent at them.


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