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I work in the oil field and use different vendors for jobs. I had 1 vendor get mad at me for giving another vendor a few jobs instead of giving the jobs to him. He reported me to my foreman telling him I was telling him to add extra hours on his invoice to my company to benefit me. I was pulled into the office by management and a report was filed against me. I was passed up for promotion because of his allegations. So I called this guy and recorded the conversation and he admits that he was mad and was running his mouth to get me into trouble because I was using his competitor. what can I do, or do I have a case against him for almost losing my job and being passed up for the promotion?
Asked on November 2, 2017 under Personal Injury, Kansas
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
Making a false factual statement about someone which damages their reputation is defamation and is something you can sue over. Based in what you write, you should have a viable case for defamation and could sue him for losses you can prove were more likely than not due to his defamation, such as the additional income you lost due to being passed up for promotion. Defamation cases are typically handled by personal injury attorneys (the same ones who do slip and fall or car accident cases); it would be worthwhile to consult with such an attorney.
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