Defamation Is A False Statement. Truth Is A Defense.

When an employer makes a false statement that defames the character of an employee, then the employee may have the right to sue the employer for defamation. Defamation refers to the publication of false statements about an individual, and these statements can be made by coworkers, supervisors, or managers. When you have suffered harm as a result of character defamation in the workplace, you need to contact a skilled attorney for help with your case. Workplace defamation can have a serious and long-lasting impact on your reputation, career advancement, and employment prospects. At JML Law, our qualified and experienced Los Angeles employment defamation attorneys will get to work investigating your case immediately. Our goal is to prove the liability of other parties involved so we can obtain full compensation for the harm caused to your reputation.

What Is Defamation?

Defamation, when related to the workplace, can be described as harm to the character, reputation or career of a former or current employee that is directly caused by the actions or false statements of an employer or anyone representing the employer.

This typically happens after an employee has been terminated or has voluntarily resigned his or her position and is searching for employment with another company. Many times, the reasons given for wrongful termination or discipline are false and used by managers to justify to superiors their decision to terminate an employee. These statements to superiors also rise to the level of defamation.

In California, defamation in the workplace typically occurs in one of two ways:

  1. Libel. Under California law, libel is defined as “a false and unprivileged publication” that is written, depicted, or captured in some way that it can be seen or read and exposes the subject to “hatred, contempt, (or) ridicule” or causes the subject “to be shunned or avoided” or injures their occupation.
  2. Slander. Under California law, slander is defined as “a false and unprivileged publication” that is spoken and injures the subject in terms of their profession or livelihood or somehow connects the subject with criminal activity.

Protect Your Reputation And Career — Secure Appropriate Compensation

At JML Law, we know how much damage an act of defamation can cause to an employee. We represent employees in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco and throughout California. Our attorney also knows how to uncover acts of defamation and pursue your claim to obtain compensation for damages. If your character, reputation or career has suffered due to an act of defamation committed by your current or former employer, hire an experienced Defamation Attorney Los Angeles to represent your best interests.

We will help you explore your options. Call JML Law at 818-610-8800 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

If we are not able to achieve a favorable outcome in your defamation case, we don’t get paid. Your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis.

What Type Of Compensation Can You Get After A Successful Defamation Case In Los Angeles?

There are various types of damages that can be recovered by the victim of defamation if their case is successful. This can include the following:

  1. Financial losses suffered as a result of the defamation, including a loss of their property, business, profession, occupation, or trade. This is often calculated by looking at lost income or lost earning capacity.
  2. Compensation for losses that are harder to quantify, including shame, pain and suffering, and mortification experienced by the victim.
  3. Possible punitive damages against the person who was responsible for the defamation. In order for punitive damages to be awarded, the injury victim will need to show that the defendant acted fraudulently or with malice.

How Long Do You Have To File A Los Angeles Defamation Case Against An Employer?

When we turn to the California Code of Civil Procedure section 340(c), we can see that the statute of limitations pertaining to defamation cases is one year. The year-long countdown “clock” begins ticking on the date on which the defamation first occurs. Even if the same defamatory statement is repeated or re-published, the one-year clock will not reset.

There are various ways in which the defamation “clock” can be extended, so please speak to an attorney at JML Law about your case as soon as possible. Failing to file a defamation case on time could result in the defamed person being unable to recover any compensation for their losses.

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