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I have a question about defamation in the work place. Recently a contractor for the city I work for spoke at a public meeting accusing me of colluding with another contractor to oust him. He also has sent a letter to a commissioner accusing me of lying and other various things. All of his statements are untrue. He has now asked for a private meeting with my boss so he can continue to tell her the other “illegal” things he says I did. (All his words.) how do I? Can I? stop him from saying these things that are untrue?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

California

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

Nothing filed. I have spoken to my boss and city manager about this but that’s it

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

I think that’s a good start. :)

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

This to me sounds like a case of defamation. Defamation is basically a false and defamatory statement, published to a third party, that causes harm (usually a lessened reputation in the community, lost business opportunity, or other harms as the facts dictate.) If there's no harm yet, then you won't have a cause of action; however, it's important to keep it in mind.

You may want to consider just writing a cease and desist letter advising them to stop this activity immediately or risk a lawsuit. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template cease and desist letter (click here). Lawyers use letters like these often to enforce their client’s rights. It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Please feel free to review... I have the transcript from the public meeting showing every accusation he made about me. He also accused me of distributing requests for qualifications documents to another contractor weeks before I sent it to anyone else. This is also untrue.I also have the email that he sent a commissioner stating that I withheld information to the commission and he claims he can prove it.

I'm sorry to hear about that. I actually just posted my answer. Let me know what questions you have about that:-)

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I was hoping to start with a cease and desist letter. So thank you. I am good for now.

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