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Can I seek defamation charges againist past employer

Baltimore, MD |

I quit employment in august of 2012 because I broke a company cardinal rule.I've been seeking employment elsewhere only to have the door shut on me.Then I received a phone call from a prospective employer telling me there was a issue with my paperwork from my past employer.He said that they sented him paperwork saying I refused a drug test totally false. And they have no paperwork to support it.

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Defamation is an extremely hard case to win. It is more important that you get a job than start a lawsuit.

Give your former employer a chance to correct their mistake. If they continue to say you refused a drug test and you did not, and the new employer decides not to hire you because of this statement, you do have a pretty good case for defamation.

You should confirm all this with an attorney in your area.


You can use Avvo's "find a lawyer" tool for a defamation lawyer in your state to investigate a claim.


Your posting is a little unclear. "Charges" usually refer to criminal matters, which defamation is not.

You may find it helpful to review the Legal Guide I have published on which deals with defamation issues. I suggest you make an appointment with a local attorney to help you sort out your problem.

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