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HelloThis is Samuel. I am sorry you are experiencing this defamation. I suggest your union is correct. If you indeed are not a prostitute then it would be very difficult for the other party to prove you are. And defamation occurs when someone tells a deliberate untruth about someone in an effort to harm their reputation.I suggest you have a right to sue him and the university. I agree with your union.
In addition to the defamation, you could also have a sexual harassment case.
You're welcome. Won't your union assist you with legal representation?
Ok. Thank you. I suggest you should ask friends and family for referrals, but you also can contact the NH Bar Association for a legal referral service and request a civil litigation attorney
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Tell them you would like a list of civil litigation attorneys who deal with defamation of character. They can give you 3 or 4 names and you can call and get a consultation time.
And they don't have to be in your county. They can be in the county over - they have to be licensed in state but you can seek out of county if you feel a very local attorney may not want to get involved.
I suggest, if they have had other complaints, and they did nothing about him - for instance, sending him to sensitivity awareness classes or even suspension and then termination, then they are responsible. So the key here is the prior complaints either by you or others.
If you made other complaints, you have the proof to show that the "higher ups" just turned a blind eye to his sexual harassment.
Your attorney will be able to request and secure any and all other complaints made against this guy. And if there are others will be able to show the University just did absolutely nothing. And that makes them responsible.
There you go. That should be very beneficial for your case to show the University turned their back to the sexual harassment.
Employers, once notified must take action on these type of allegations.
That is up to your Union policy. If they have agreed that mediation would be a first step, yes. But if not, no. You are not mandated to do that.
So talk to your Union rep. If you decide to mediate, I suggest you have an attorney with you.