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IN confidence I told my...
IN confidence I told my employer that my physician said my colitis was being caused by
anxiety possibly caused at work. My employer told the entire staff what I had told him, making a joke of it
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 2 years ago
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I am sorry for this dilemma. But not sure I understand your question. Are you asking if you can sue over this? If not, what is your question please?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I am not looking to sue him, but isn't that defermation of character? I told him that in confidence, and then he tells the whole staff making a big joke of it.
Employment Lawyer: P. Simmons, Lawyer replied 2 years ago

Thank you

That is not "defamation"

Defamation is defined as a false statement of fact that harms the reputation of the victim. If the information provided was true? It would not be defamation.

That said, it may be considered a breach of privacy....so your goal was to sue, you could sue for this privacy breach

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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