I work for a contract services company and the company that we are doing the contracting for is trying to force the contracting company to fire me they have told lies about me to destroy my credibility and told my boss I was going to be fired last Friday which I had no idea. I have done my job and made very few mistakes for the lack of training I have recieved. My question what legal options do I have a since I will likely be scrutinized until I am fired. They have already told me I only have a 1% tolerance for making a mistakeof any kind, yup only a one in 100 chance of not getting fired.
Country relating to Question: United StatesState (if USA): MichiganWhat have you tried so far?: I have performed flawlessly for three weeks and closed more requests than most of my co-workers this was just thrown at me today
Hello and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you.If you are fired based on the company's lies, then you possibly have legal recourse in that you could sue for defamation and/or for tortious interference with an employment contract.In order to win a lawsuit for defamation, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant made false statements about him to a third party, and that the plaintiff's reputation was damaged as a result. If a person is fired from his job because of the defendant's lies, then that would qualify as defamation, and could lead to a money judgment.In order to win a lawsuit for tortious interference with an employment contract, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant had knowledge of the employment relationship between the plaintiff and the employer, that he intended to induce the employer to end the employment relationship unfairly, and that the plaintiff was damaged as a result. Clearly, if the plaintiff were to lose his job, then that would be a damage that could also lead to a money judgment against the defendant.So, if you are fired, you have a couple of options. However, until you are fired, you don't likely have recourse because you haven't yet been damaged by the company's false statements, and damage is an essential element of both causes of action. If you are eventually fired, then you will want to consult with a local employment law attorney since neither lawsuit is a small claims type of case. In other words, the lawsuit would need to be filed in a higher court, and it would require the skill and experience of an attorney in order to prove the case.Does that answer your question? Let me know if you need clarification, and please remember to rate me positively so that I receive credit for my efforts.Thank you and good luck!
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