I was rehired at a previous job that I haven't worked at since 2010. Back in 2010 I quit working at the pharmacy because of one of the owners. I was then asked to work for this company and was rehired on the 16 of February. On February 21st I was texted by one of the owners of the job stating that 3 weeks prior he was told by his partner which is another owner that I was involved in theft back in 2010 which is untrue. On February 23rd I was asked by the pharmacist if I would like to type a prescription and I stated not really. On the 24 of bruary prior to my shift starting I was let go from my duties. I believe that the owner that I quit on was not happy that I was back and made up this bogus lie about me because why tell your partner this in 2012 versus in 2010 when I quit. I was wondering if this would be considered a defamation of character.
State/Country relating to Question: Pennsylvania
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In your situation if you can show you were terminated due to the false statements made against you,
and that the person making the false statements, knew that his statements were false,
you would have the elements of a defamation lawsuit
How do someone show proof of that?
You would have to sue them and through the process see if you can discover through review of witness testimony that they stated the false statement, and you were terminated,
If you do not have clear evidence of the defamation a lawsuit will be difficult,
What you can do is send a letter to the employer and any person who has made the defamatory statements, to stop their actions or you will sue them, they will stop their actions,
Even if I have one of the owner text message stating that
This is referred to as a Cease and Desist letter,
The text will help you,
if you can show that the current employer was told the lie by the previous employer, than you can sue them
How can I show that? I just have the text by one of the owners stating that the other owner said that one of their customers said that I was stealing Drugs from their pharmacy. They have cameras all over the place. I have never stole and I am upset because I go to school for Criminal Justice and I am currently a Private Investigator
I do not want anyone distroying my name like that.
The only way to prove this is through a lawsuit, and Court ordering the employer to appear in a deposition, and force him to answer your questions about who made the statements to him,
He told me in the email the individual who was supposed to have stated that I was stealing. What would be your best advice to me? If I have the text of what the owner said do you think it worth it to try to clear my name. I have never been put in a situation like this so I am just curious. If it was you what would you do?
I would I prove that this is truly why he fired me?
Sorry... How would I prove this is why he fired me?
It depends on how much time you have and money, a lawsuit for defamation can cost you up to $10,000
I would suggest sending a Cease and Desist letter threatening legal action if they reveal any negative information about you,
The only way to prove these issues, is to have witnesses testify to it, or have him admit it,.
Is there a letter format for this type of letter?
I will send you a sample
Thank you! I appreciate it
CEASE AND DESIST DEMANDPursuant to Title 17 of the United States Code
February 20, 2011
John Doe2812 Anthony Lane SouthMinneapolis, Minnesota 55418
Dear Mr. Doe:
This law firm represents [CLIENT NAME]. If you are represented by legal counsel, please direct this letter to your attorney immediately and have your attorney notify us of such representation.
We are writing to notify you that your unlawful copying of [CLIENT’S COPYRIGHTED WORK] infringes upon our client’s exclusive copyrights. Accordingly, you are hereby directed to
CEASE AND DESIST ALL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
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