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A former employee submitted a text message to HR that was edited to make me look bad and now I've been written up and received a terrible review, which lend to no bonus or stock options. They are setting me up to be fired. Can I go after the woman that made these false claims?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you discussed the termination with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?

NO....starting the process now.

Lawyer's Assistant: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?

At will

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

That was a summary of what happened so no, thank you

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
she edited the text message chain that she submitted to "get me in trouble".
She is a very vindictive person. She didn't file a lawsuit or anything else with the company.

Thank you for the additional information.

You may have a claim to assert for defamation. Actually, you would start with a cease and desist letter to anyone making these false accusations.

If this does not get a retraction, you will need to file suit for defamation. This cause of action is specifically for damage caused to one's reputation. To establish a prima facie case of defamation, four elements are generally required:

1. a false statement purporting to be fact concerning another person or entity;

2. publication or communication of that statement to a third person;

3. fault on the part of the person making the statement amounting to intent or at least negligence (the person knew the statements were false or exhibited a knowing and reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the statements when making them); and,

4. some harm caused to the person or entity who is the subject of the statement.

This involves complex litigation and it is strongly advised that you retain local counsel to assist you in protecting your rights before taking any action in court for this matter. Also, any cease and desist letter will carry more impact on attorney letterhead.

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Please cancel my phone request. I have the answers I need. Please refund me the $59,00. Thank you

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