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Thats not a defamatory statement I'm afraid.
The first problem is that you seem to be saying this is a true statement. For defamation to arise a statement must be false.
The second problem is that this statement was made at work and so qualified privilege may well cover it. In any event, it was not made sufficiently publicly for defamation to arise.
There may be employment issues arising from this - e.g internally grievances and the like. But its not defamation.
Im not an employment lawyer so cannot give detailed answers on that. But I can say that this is not defamation.
I realise this is bad news but thats the position I'm afraid. Im happy to discuss the above but please remember to click on accept so that I can get credit.