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In order to win a lawsuit for defamation, you must prove that the defendant made a false statement of fact about you to a third party, and that your reputation was damaged as a result. In most cases, damage to reputation cannot be proven unless there are monetary damages
So, in your situation, whether or not you have a case depends on the nature of the derogatory statement. Was it a false statement of fact, or just an opinion? For example, if he said that you're a jerk, that would not be considered a false statement of fact. It's clearly just an opinion. But if he said that you stole company property, then that is clearly a statement of fact, and if it's false, then that could be defamation. You mentioned that the statements have been made to fellow employees, so they are certainly third parties. The last issue is whether the false statements caused damage to your reputation. For example, did you miss out on a raise or promotion
because of the false statements? If so, then that would clearly show damage to your reputation.
So, the botXXXXX XXXXXne is that whether or not you have a viable case depends on the specific details of your situation, such was what exactly was said, to whom, and how it negatively affected you. Based on what I wrote above, if you think that what occurred does meet the definition of defamation, then I suggest that you retain a local attorney to take appropriate action, which could include anything from sending your boss a cease and desist order to filing a lawsuit.
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