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Our professional careers depend on the reputations we build over time. Most people spend years building their reputations so they can get promoted or have options when they want to look for new employment opportunities. However, there are times when others seek to ruin a person’s reputation by making false claims about them. This is defamation, and it is illegal. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, our Los Angeles defamation attorneys are ready to help if this has happened to you.

Understanding defamation in the workplace

Most people have heard the word “defamation” but may not understand what it actually means, particularly when it comes to defamation in the workplace. When someone makes a false statement about another person that harms that person’s reputation, this is considered defamation. A few of the common terms associated with defamation are libel and slander.

  • Slander refers to spoken statements made about others that are false.
  • Libel refers to writings, paintings, photos, or other visual representations that are made about others that are false.

Defamation concerns both slander and libel, but under California law, the following must be true for a slander or libel claim to be satisfied.

  • A statement must have been made
  • The statement was published
  • It must be false
  • It must be of a nature intended to injure or cause harm
  • It must be unprivileged

Those are two of the most common ways that an employee can be defamed. However, there are other ways in which a person could bring a defamation lawsuit. This could include false accusations of theft, harassment, dishonesty, or immoral behavior. A person could suffer irreparable harm both personally and professionally due to the defaming statements.

What are some examples of what defamation looks like?

The following are a few examples of what defamation in the workplace could look like:

  • A manager does not particularly like an employee, but they have no reason to terminate them. Instead, they begin to spread rumors about that person participating in illegal activities outside of work.
  • In a dispute between two employees, one of them posts false accusations of sexual impropriety on social media that then spread to other employees.

We are going to get you through this today

If you or someone you care about has experienced defamation at the hands of an employer or coworkers, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. At the Azadian Law Group, PC, our qualified and experienced employment lawyer is going to get to work on your case immediately. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve for what has happened. This can include:

  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Attorney fees and court costs
  • Lost income if you had to leave your job or were terminated
  • Punitive damages against an employer who participated in the defamation or failed to prevent it from happening

When you need a Los Angeles defamation attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 213-229-9031.

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