Defamation? I am an Doctor, I was terminated allegedly for poor academic performance yrs ago by X,filed a discrimination lawsuit but withdrew, without prejudice before 1st court session(ran out of money).Finished required training somewhere else,then applied for medical licensure in this state.This board wants termination reason directly from X(i have send the board letter of termination) and X has conditioned response on me signing this form:***I, hereby authorize X, to release to prospective employers, medical facilities, agencies and State Boards of medicine to which I am applying, including but not limited to the State of //, Department of Public Health, any information that is relevant to my application.b)I hereby release and hold harmless X, and any of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents,heirs, successors and assigns, including any Program Director and Chairman, from any and all liability, claims, demands or actions related to information provided by X in accordance with this Consent and Release." 1- is this request legal?2-any issues with letter?Does the information need to be limited?How'd u change letter to prevent and protect from defamation, libel
You are looking at a complicated situation. The former employer can provide information to the Board regardless of you signing the release - and, depending on who the employer is and what is provided, the employer may have a limited privilege to defame you. The release does not sound like a good idea; there's no reason to provide it that I can tell. However, how you continue to communicate with X and with the Board will have a significant impact on your application. We have handled many of these issues; the Board wants to complete its investigation, X doesn't want to expose itself to liability, and you want to get your license. Balancing these sometimes competing interests can be tricky. I would suggest speaking with an attorney who deals with these issues to give yourself the best chance of obtaining your license.
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.
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