HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Defamation by Slander and Libel in the Workplace and Recommendations to Avoid Legal Liability

Document Type

Article

Date

2018

Publication Title

Public Organization Review

ISSN or ISBN

1573-7098

First Page

1

Last Page

16

Description

Defamation, or defamation of character, is heard often in the media when one person has supposedly made a false statement that harmed another’s reputation in some manner. However, the legal wrong or tort of defamation can take place in the employment context when employers or managers make an intentionally false statement that harms an employee’s character and career. This article illustrates the difference between “slander” and “libel” and discuss the privileges and defenses to defamation, especially the qualified privilege as it applies in the employment context. We discuss the implications of this tort in the workplace and provide recommendations on how to avoid liability for defamation.

DOI

10.1007/s11115-018-0424-8

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