I was falsely accused of sexual harassment by a former subordinate. The accusations were leaked to my fellow workers and now, despite being cleared, my peers now express disdain for me. Do I have a case?

Sexual Harrassment Subordinate Libel And Slander

I was falsely accused of sexual harassment by a former subordinate. The accusations were leaked to my fellow workers and now, despite being cleared, my peers now express disdain for me. Do I have a case?

This is a tough one. Who was responsible for spreading the defamatory word around — the employee who made the accusations against you, you, or your employer?

You can complain if the responsible party was the employee or the employer because it is illegal to unjustly malign the reputation of another person, and such conduct may be defamatory against you. If you talked about the accusations with your coworkers, you may not have grounds for complaint, because you either were or contributed to the source of the gossip.

An experienced libel and slander attorney can help you sort through the facts in your particular situation and shed some light on the relative strengths and weaknesses of your case.

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