My last job I had I was fired because my ex husband told my former boss that I had a criminal record and other things. I was let go. Of course not true. I was looking at interference with prospective business expectancy.
I would suggest bringing a claim for defamation or slander: a spoken false statement. There are several elements to prove, depending on the exact facts of your circumstances. But if you can prove that the statements were false and acted with malicious intent or negligence in making the false statements, you would have a good argument for these torts.
Attorney Lambe is pointing you to another tort (slander) which would potentially fit your facts. You also may have a claim for the tort of malicious (or tortious) interference with contract. Your employment with your former employer was an existing contractual relationship. If someone improperly meddled with that relationship and caused its termination, without justification, you may sue for the damages that are caused.
David Puryear is an employment attorney licensed in North Carolina with more than 30 years' experience representing employees in disputes arising at work. He also represents employers in these matters. His general civil litigation experience includes a broad range of business and personal cases tried to jury verdicts. The answers provided here are for general public service information only and are not intended as legal advice in a specific case, nor are answers intended as the practice of law. The attorney is admitted to practice only in North Carolina and before federal courts and agencies, and the answers provided here are not intended to address legal issues in any other jurisdiction. You should consult with an experienced employment attorney near you to receive legal advice about your personal situation.
I agree with my colleagues, Attorneys Lambe and Puryear, that, assuming you have viable causes of action against your ex-husband, defamation and malicious interference with contract are your most likely ones based on what you have written here. Consulting in person with a lawyer will help you better confirm whether these claims and/or others should go forward in litigation. Use Avvo's "Find a Lawyer" feature if needed. I am sorry to hear of this disruption in your career, and hope that the spring will offer you something better. Be well.
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