Is this type of action considered deflamation

I was fired from my job in Aug. 2009, after being falsely accused of falsifying vehicle mileage reports. I have substantial proof my former employer is not being truthful (statement from accounts visited that day, sales notes entered into the computer, and recipts for expenses that were reimbursed). The proof my former employer used is just their hand written notes (which are not truthful). Needless to say, because of this termination, I cannot find another job, because when future employers see (on applications)or hear that I've been terminated, I am not hired or a candidate for the job any longer. I have never in my almost 40 year career been accused of dishonesty, or ever been fired. Isn't this deflamation of character, and do I have a possible case against them.

1 answer  |  asked Dec 28, 2010 9:54 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Bruce Elfvin
First, any defamation claim must be commenced within 1 year of the false publication. If the reasons relied upon by the prior employer are false, then you need to come up with a description of what happened that will get away from being in the same rut.

It would be helpful to spend an hour or two with an employment lawyer to discuss your prior employment, your job search and the real reasons for the termination.

You can find one near you at

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Dec 29, 2010 05:47 AM [EST]

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