How You Can Sue Someone Over Damaging Gossip That Cost You Your Job

Posted on: 25 November 2015

Gossip and drama are everywhere you go. You can find someone talking about some else on social media websites, in people's homes and in many public places all of the time. While it is old news that people chat to one another about other people, it may be bad news for you when you learn someone has told a vicious lie about you and it has cost you your job. Find out more about the steps you can take for suing the person that lied about you.

Making Legal Sense Out Of Someone's Lies

If you are wondering how to prove that someone's lies about you were damaging, you should know there are some factors to consider before doing so. Defamation covers libel and slander.

  • If someone writes lies about you, as in to your boss or supervisor, it is considered libel in a court of law. Any written or published lie about you is libel. If you have text messages on your phone and the person sending them is lying, it can be considered as libel. If someone writes lies about you in a blog online, it is also libel. Cases related to defamation of character are easier to prove because you have hard, indisputable written evidence of someone's lies about you. This can be especially helpful in a court of law if you have lost your job because of the lies and you are suing for damages like lost wages.
  • Slander is when someone verbally lies about you instead of writing it down. For example, if a co-worker told a few people during lunch break that you were stealing money from people's purses, that lie could cost you your job if it gets back to your boss. However, proving that person lied about you can be challenging if you do not have witnesses saying so in court. Also, bear in mind you will have the task of proving the lies someone told about you are not true.   

The Last Step In A Defamation Of Character Court Case 

Once you have proven that someone lied about and that the lie that person told was indeed false, you will need to show proof of how the lie damaged you. This can be easy if you lost your job over it. In order to be awarded compensation in a defamation of character case, you will need to have rock solid evidence of the damages caused by a lie. For example, if you lost your job, any paperwork showing the reason you were fired is evidence supporting your claim.

When someone lies about you and you know it is untrue, it can hurt emotionally and cause bad things to happen in your life. If you have lost your job and you know without a doubt it was because someone lied about you, talking to a personal injury attorney is a good idea.