Defamation ?

I resigned from a nationwide company because of changes they made in structure of payment , Meaning i was making less money that i had the previous yr . I filed for Pennsylvania Unemployment and when the Unemployment officer called me about my claim she claimed that the company had stated that " I was being investigated for theft " which was a complete Lie and recorded by the unemployment office . I proved my case and proved that I wasn't under investigation for anything and that I was actually an honored employee and the state granted my unemployment . Since then I have sent out almost 50 applications and sent resumes with no avail . Not 1 call and I fear it is because I listed this company as past work history . I have not been able to find work , and today my truck was repossessed and I fear I may lose everything because of this employer and their lies .

1 answer  |  asked May 26, 2016 02:23 AM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

Answers (1)

Christopher Ezold
Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

That being said, there is no evidence in your question that shows your former employer engaged in defamation; it smells bad, but you'd need direct evidence that they lied about you. Further, in PA, employers have a limited privilege to defame former employees in job references; you'd need to show their lies were made with malice. Absent direct evidence, you do not appear to have a legal case worth pursuing, unfortunately. This doesn't mean it isn't happening, or that it is right, merely that you don't have enough evidence to prove what you need to prove in court.

/Christopher E. Ezold/

posted by Christopher Ezold  |  May 26, 2016 08:51 AM [EST]

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