So it seems to me that it would make sense for your spouse to consult with a lawyer with a view to retaining the lawyer to send these two guards a letter, demanding a written retraction of their defamatory comments and an apology and essentially threatening a lawsuit.
Defamation is false communication about a person that tends to hurts the person's reputation.
The law protects your husband's reputation against defamation so, if someone defames him, he can sue the person for money to compensate him for damage to his reputation.
If your husband can prove that someone libeled him (that is written defamation) and that person does not have a good defence, then a court will presume that your husband suffered damages and award him money to compensate for his damaged reputation.
The law treats slander differently than libel: with slander (verbal defamation), your husband has to prove he suffered damages, in the form of financial loss, to get compensation. It can be very difficult to prove this sort of financial loss. That's why most slander cases never go to court.
But in the following four examples, a slander lawsuit may succeed without your husband proving financial loss. Even though there's no permanent record of the slander, the law will presume damages, as if there were libel, if someone:
- accuses your husband of a crime (unless they made the accusation to the police)
- accuses your husband of having a contagious disease
- makes negative remarks about your husband in his trade or business
- accuses your husband of adultery
For these reasons your husband should consult with a lawyer as his best next step.
Your husband can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. He will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.
The number is:1-800-661-1095