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A former friend of mine has been spreading a false rumor

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A former friend of mine has been spreading a false rumor about a sexual relation with a coworker at my current job. I know this rumor to be 100% false but it has affected my level of comfort at work and socially. This women will not give me a name but has details and has told other people which I have proof of. I would like to go ahead with a Slander case against her.
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If the comments she is spreading are untrue and are harming your reputation, you may have an action for slander and defamation. Defamation is considered any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.

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For a cause of action for slander/defamation you would have to prove damages and the following elements:

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a defamatory statement;

published to third parties; and

which the speaker or publisher knew or should have known was false.

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Additionally, if the person is engaging in this type behavior simply to annoy and disturb you, you could file criminal and civil charges for harassment.

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The Modern Penal Code section 250.4(MPC) defines harassment as a petty misdemeanor if with purpose is to harass another, he: 1) makes a phone call without a legitimate purpose; or 2) insults, taunts or challenges another in a manner likely to provoke violent or disorderly response; or 3) calls at inconvenient hours or in offensive language; or 4) subjects another to offensive touching; or 5) engages in any other course of alarming conduct serving no legitimate purpose of the actor.

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Under the United States Code Title 18 Subsection 1514(c)1. Harassment is defined as "a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such a person and serves no legitimate purpose".

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Put simply, anything that people do for no good reason or lawful reason or purpose and they know it distresses you is harassment.

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You could file a civil harassment suit against the person and be awarded monetary damages and injunctive action if you can show proof she is harassing you with her actions. A judge would likely issue a restraining order against the person for no communications to be directed towards you.

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