What Can I Do If My Former Boss Is Telling Everyone Lies About Me and Prevents Me From Being Hired at a New Company?

If your former employer is spreading lies about you, you may be able to file a defamation lawsuit against him or her. It really depends on the specific laws in your state. Some states allow an employer to say whatever it wants to about a former employee, as long as what the employer actually believes what it’s saying. However, this is the law in the minority of states. Most states limit what a former employer can say about an employee to the date the employee was hired, the date the employee and employer separated, and in some states, the employee’s salary range and rehire rights.

If you live in the majority of states, you may be able to file a civil suit against your employer. However, defamation cases can be complex case and should be handled by a local attorney. In some cases the employee needs to present a potential employer as a witness who will testify under oath that had it not been for the poor recommendation from the former employer, he or she would have hired you. Unfortunately, many employers do not want to get involved with a court action for a person who is not an employee and who has the courage to take issues to court.

Another complex issue is showing damages. If the problem with your church is that a few people made fun of you, it is doubtful that would rise to the level of damages a court looks for. On the other hand, if the church demoted you from a position of power or a paid position, that may be evidence against your former employer. Again, this is not an easy case and needs the assistance of a local attorney who is familiar with your state’s laws.

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  • samuelwhite

    I been working at regists woods for almost fours years but I was terminated in october, my boss wasn’t present and and I was frustrated because I was a dishwasher and my co workers clowned around and I confronted the psituation, I drop some dishes while I was unloadig dirty dish cart, and my employer says I was destroying propery which was a plate or two fell cause the. People who buse the dishes pilled thgm in the bus tubs to much so I try and take some dishes out of the tubs two plates fell people break dishes all the time their but when I did it was called destroying property and my supervisor was off work that day she says I was drunk cause I was angry cause I was doin m job but the other dishaaher wasn’t so I demanded we get done in a nice respectable, mannor so everytime I try and get a new job and the have to call my old enployer the tell them nagative things that prevent me from gettin hired instead of how good of a worker. I am, my suppervisor at the time was housekeeping supervisor but she came to dietary and took over I dated a olderwomen in housekeepin she was married even the women I was seeing says that my supervisor was against me seeing a married women what can I do?

  • Xlandria

    It sounds like perhaps your former boss did not like you, possibly due to your dating the married woman. That woman could have been a friend, even if not, women don’t like the idea and usually the man gets blamed when actually both are equally responsible, (if you knew she was married), you because you should have not asked her and her because she should not have accepted. Regardless, both you are free to do you want and the only ‘punishment’ that can happen is from the spouse, (usually real bad for you), and others not involved. They should really just mind their own business. A statement such as “I found your nose, it was in my business.”, is to the point and true.

    Rather than using the court as the first plan of action, call the former boss and let her know you will be contacting someone who can address her actions. If she asks who, tell her it is the local Wage and Labor board for your city. Then call them seek their advice as to what you can do. Perhaps a phone call from someone from their office will make her stop. Also, her claim that you destroyed company property would have to be backed up by treating all employees the same way. It would help if you could get, at least one, (two or more would be better), letters from those who didn’t hire you based on what she said. Tell them you will not ask them to appear in court, if, only as a last resort, you should have to sue. In any case you might want to tell her she is slandering you to others, without any solid proof and that she can be sued for Defamation of Character.
    For future interviews let them know that they will not get a favorable recommendation from that company due to a personal conflict that is not job related.
    Wage & Labor can start and investigation on their own where your name would not be mentioned, other than maybe this specific complaint. They come in and audit all employees records.

    From now on, make it a policy to 1) Not date anyone connected to your employment. 2) Only date single women and 3) Try not to tell others what to do. You were only trying to do a good job but slackers will always loose in the long run.

    Good luck