When a former employer gives false reviews or reports about a former worker that employer may be sued for defamation and for any damages such defamation may have cost the former worker, such as lost work. Defamation through poor, untrue, references are discussed here.
Do these laws still apply, when the defamation occurs within a company. I'm currently trying to get back into United Health Care (the big company), and this defamation is occuring within the same company. Are there different rules for "within the same company" - hiring manager to hiring manager?
How are these things to prove?
By the way, the motiviation for this defamation, is the project manager feels slighted, that I didn't convert to a fulltime employee.
There should not be any reason to deny defamation when it occurs within an organization versus when it occurs between two different organizations. As long as the elements of defamation can be proven (a falsehood, which has harmed reputation, and which would normally be seen to have such effect, and, if malice can be shown to have been intended additional damages may be possible, and a resulting harm has occured to the person defamed), then a claim may be made. However, proof is, as with any case, a matter that should be considered. If actual wirtten documentation of such defamation cannot be obtained then other evidence, such as witnesses, may need to be obtained. How easy or difficult that can be will require an intimate reveiw of the entire situation. To properly conduct that you would need to speak to an attorney in your state.
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