if i am falsey accused of a situation and am recieving both threatening and harassing text message from an employee while they are off duty but an employee none the less, regarding the establishment in which they work and where the situation occured......can legal action be taken? ive spoken with the establishment regarding their employee and the defamation/slander that is also being construde towards me by other individuals, the establishment wants nothing to do with the situation and claims they are not responsible for their employees off property.......do i have a legal case(s)??
Federal Crime Lawyer
I do not practice law in Florida however the rules of "defamation" are pretty much the same. Your question is a bit to oblique for me to give you a direct response. In general however you are not being defamed unless someone says untrue things about you TO OTHERS. Saying it to you is not defamation. In addition, these defaming statements must be believed by others and you must be damaged in some way.
Additionally, the workplace is not responsible for the actions of their employee when she is off duty and not at the place of employ. If she is using their establishment to make the calls that may change things but if she is standing there, using her cellphone then they are no more liable than if she were standing in a park.
Now to look at what is really going on, you are being harassed. You need to take the texts to the police and ask them to back off this person. Assuming there isn't further damage you probably do not have a civil case but this person can be arrested for harassing you by phone if she does not stop.
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Involve the police in the investigation. Keep a record of all the problems. If you sustain damages record all of them.
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You need a lawyer licensed in FL. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. Have all the documents ready when you start phoning around to get counsel.
Good luck to you.
God bless. I am in Chicago, IL. I do not practice in Orlando.
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