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In a workplace context, you can't really count on being able to use an attorney. Employers are not courts, so they don't have to entertain the arguments of an attorney. In employment law, if you do not have a contract of employment that expressly states you can only be terminated for cause, your employment is "at will" and can legally be terminated at any time. I know you have not mentioned termination, but your employment status is instructive concerning the "due process" you might be afforded too. An "at will" employee is entitled to no due process, so an attorney can't really help in the workplace.
Where an attorney could assist is in a personal injury context, with you alleging defamation of character against the person making the false statements against you. You'd sue the individual, outside of the workplace, in state court and handle that as a personal matter. The employer wouldn't be involved.
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Hostile work environment is a very specific legal claim. While it certainly sounds like it would fit many situations, it really only refers to harassment that is based on discrimination due to race, religion, gender, age, disability or recent FMLA use.
So unless you are able to allege that one of those is the underlying basis, you wouldn't have a hostile work environment claim and your only recourse would be through personal injury defamation claims against the individual.