defamation of character?

After a month I was fired after days of workplace retaliation from my employer for calling him out on serving food that could potentially poison customers. I found a new job and everything was great, all of a sudden my new employer cut me down to 1 shift. I found out today that my previous employer called my new one and told him I was a drug addict. My new employer proceeded to tell all my coworkers that I'm an addict and to keep an eye on me. I have several coworkers tell me this today as I came in to cover another employee. This defamation costs me my job here and another one in town at another restaurant. I need help, I'm losing my house and need to move out of state now. I passed a drug test for another job last week but it's too late to keep my house and stay here in town. Do I have a legit case to sue? I have several witnesses to all this as well as clean u.a.. and I can continue to volunteer clean urine samples if needed

2 answers  |  asked Aug 30, 2016 9:24 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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George Allen
This sounds like a potential case of defamation and retaliation. You should speak with an experienced employment attorney. The membership listing at is a good resource for locating an employment attorney.

Good luck to you.

posted by George Allen  |  Aug 31, 2016 08:51 AM [EST]
Arkady Itkin
It sounds like you may have a legitimate defamation case against your former employer and possibly others who "re-published" the defamatory statements. It would be critical to secure a sworn declaration from at least one person who heard the former employer state that you were using / addicted to drugs to make a case. You should discuss your potential claims and legal options with an experienced employment attorney.


Arkady Itkin

posted by Arkady Itkin  |  Aug 30, 2016 9:57 PM [EST]

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