Defamation Of Company

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about malicious gossip:

My employers have accused me of spreading malicious gossip about the company, and I have received a letter from a lawyer stating that my employer has accused me of telling untruths about the reputation of the company. What can I do about this?

Signed, Accused of Speaking Ill

Dear Accused of Speaking Ill:

Did you purposely badmouth your company? What have you been informed that you said? And did you in fact say something that was false? Answers to these are questions apparently are now in the hands of an attorney for your company. We don’t advise on legal matters, but we can advise you to consult an attorney. Usually you can consult a lawyer without a fee, and you can get an opinion regarding if you have spoken in ways that can be judged as slanderous and can learn whether the attorney would be willing to represent you and at what cost.Meanwhile you can reflect on what was heard as untrue and if you spoke about your employer falsely and maliciously; of what might you have said that is false and/or malicious, when and to whom. An attorney can advise you as to whether you should inquire of your employer or his attorney as to of what specifically you are accused. For sure, the best advice at this point is not to repeat anything that is false or could be construed as untrue.

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Agency Founder Twists!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about malicious gossip:

I work for and run a Division of a Non Profit Group and have developed a pretty good friendship with its Founder. Or so I had thought. I brought in my Best friend of over 15 years to assist our organization, and as a result, she has also developed a decent friendship with the Founder.

It was recently brought to my attention from my Best Friend that the founder has been twisting things I have said, maliciously taken statements out of context, and told my friend that I have been talking behind her back and making remarks that demean, degrade, or just plain insult her. None of which is true. The Founder then tells my friend that she is not “trying to hurt her, but “just thought she should know” and instructs her not to mention it to me. The Founder has remarked that I am her best friend, but she doesn’t understand why my long-standing friend puts up with me as a friend if I am treating her this way! For the life of me, I cannot understand what her motive for doing this could be! Is she jealous of the long friendship we have?

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