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We are in construction. We subcontract our sales people. We had one that was in training with us, and in 5 weeks we let him go as he just couldn't do what he said he could in interview. Very next day he went online and wrote bad reviews about us. Can I sue him for slander. We did have a signed contract.

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I am sorry to hear of the problem.

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 (a statement offered as and opinion does not count) 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.

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