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You've actually done most of what I would suggest. The one thing that I would suggest is that if there is any character that does something really shady, inappropriate, etc... you should make certain that this is not in any way tied to a character in real life, or that the individual has any distinguishing features of the real individual (such that even co-workers would not recognize that person).
This is really out of an abundance of caution...
And o at the beginning, be sure to give the standard "this is a work of fiction, any resemblance to any individual, living or dead, is entirely coincidental..." Even though part of it happened in real life, that will be a good disclaimer that no specific piece is claimed to be a work of fact.
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Many of my characters have done many shady & inappropriate things. When people at my former job read the book they might know who is being discussed. I will put the standard disclaimer about it being an entirely fictional work. But I want to completely protect myself legally. So could I be sued?
Yes, you could be sued, but anyone can sue anyone for anything. The main thing that you would want to worry about is libel (written defamation) which requires a written statement of material fact... the key is to make this disclaimer that this is fiction, not fact, and even if it is true, by clearly indicating that it's not meant to be an assertion of fact would negate that requirement of a "statement of fact".
So it's unlikely that anyone would be able to sue you successfully.
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