My coworker wants to get me fired. She tried to make this happen by telling management that I pushed her, which I did not. She is always making up little stories about me and telling anyone that will listen. This has put my job in jeopardy.
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Sit down with somebody in HR and file your own report refuting her report. But no, I don't see defamation here at all, and I predict that no lawyer will take this as a defamation case. A practical solution would be to stay away from her. When you see her coming, find another way to walk. Over time, she will get tired of acting like an 8 year old. Good luck!
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Document everything, get witnesses, get statements. If you suffer economic harm because of it, get an attorney immediately. Good luck.
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Schedule a sit-down meeting with HR to discuss.
Sure, this is technically slander. But, no lawyer will take the case on a contingent fee basis because your damages are tiny at this time. Someone might take it on an hourly basis, but you will be wasting thousands of dollars.
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Lawyer answer: Could be slander, could be tortious interference with a contract. You would have to demonstrate that you had actually been harmed, and it would likely not be a case anyone would take on a contingency.
Practical answer: Talk to your HR department or your boss. Stay calm and be honest about what has happened.
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