defamation or slander

i have been injured on the job and i am currently out on disability but my coworkers are continuously saying that i do not want to work that i am on welfare is that defamation and can i sue

1 answer  |  asked Oct 28, 2019 07:07 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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V Jonas Urba
Sorry to hear about the workplace injury. When I was young, I was severely injured as a member of the United Steelworkers on the job with a clean break of my humerus, fractured nose, requiring plastic surgery. No fun.

Since you are not at work, any rumors heard from 3rd parties are hearsay and not admissible.

Any statements made to you by the employees with whom you communicate may be admissible. Do these employees have the authority to fire you based on false information? If not, why concern yourself with hearsay?

Discuss this with your workers' compensation lawyer immediately. If you don't have one you should since you pay no fees unless they recover benefits for you. They can explain the challenges of pursuing workers compensation retaliation to you. Their advice might save your job. Good luck.

posted by V Jonas Urba  |  Oct 28, 2019 08:25 AM [EST]

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