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Hello and welcome. I am very sorry to hear about your former manager's conduct. What you describe may very well constitute unlawful FMLA retaliation and defamation. Your problem, however, is that unless you are fired from your new job because of it you really have no damages resultin from your former manager's conduct and therefore nothing to recover from lawsuit. The best course of action at this stage would typically be a cease and desist letter from a local attorney threatening leval action if the retaliation and defamation continue. If you do lose your new job or suffer some sort of actual harm such as demotion, you would typically be able to sue both the manager and your old company. I hope this answers your question.
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