I had a former boss endanger a job offer to the point where my original offer of employment was retracted. After the fact, because she refused to properly review my work, I was pressured in to resigning from my position after several complaints about her slandering me other coworkers. I now have a good job and career, however I frequently inquire with my supervisors to make sure I am maintaining a good work standard. It's getting to the point where I am worried about whether or not my frequent inquiries are hurting my reputation at work, however I'm worried about losing such a good job because of my checking in after having such a bad experience. I had considered bringing her up on a civil matter for lost wages and suffering because I've become hyper about whether or not I'm performing okay at work (even though I've never had any issues or write-ups). Do I still have a legitimate claim against her?
"I now have a good job and career" - minimal damages if any. And you will have to prove that her comments were not a sustainable opinion about you. Very hard to do.
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You cannot bring an action on speculation. If she has not slandered you in a way that has negatively affected your current job, then it would be reasonable to assume (based on the facts that you provide) that a court would dismiss your slander claim as being "unripe." For a general definition of "ripeness", follow this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripeness
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Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.
That being said, what you describe is wrong and bad management - but it does not appear to be illegal. Courts are extremely reluctant to insert themselves into the employment relationship this way - otherwise, they'd be refereeing an overwhelming number of management decisions. You got out of a bad situation - your task now is to start having faith in yourself. Good luck!
/Christopher E. Ezold/
I am an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the States of Delaware and New Jersey. My practice includes employment, business and health care law. Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies.
Since you have a better job which apparently pays you more, I am not sure what losses you could prove. I can assure you that bringing a claim will only open up a deep wound which you are still trying to recover from. You may benefit from speaking with your primary care doctor and getting a referral to a therapist, who can help you deal with the insecurity you feel at work. I would not recommend litigation for you.
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