I wanted to know if I needed a lawyer to find out how much I should be compensated for slander/libel/or defamation? I had a minor verbal altercation in the parking lot with a security guard at a well-known hardware store. After our 3-5 min spat I departed into the store, to find myself 30 minutes later being frisked in the store by two policemen. They were told by the security guard I was going for a gun or weapon in my glove compartment during my spat in the parking lot, which was totally false. The security guard was contracted thru the hardware store to keep the minority workers from soliciting their work to the customers. He must have assumed I was one due to my skin tone. My car of course was also searched, even with me repeatedly telling them my place in the community as a Pastor/ Chaplain Director and Community Worker thru a known Christian Organization. I then realized that the security guard never spoke to the manager about this situation, prior to calling the police. And the police are also suppose to speak with the manager as well letting them know they are coming onto the premises, and that didn't happen. While I was being frisked in front of store employees, there were also other customers I knew who also seen this happening to me. They didn't understand why this was happening. I go to that store often and felt very humilated and demoralized. Before I left the store, I went to speak to the manager and told him what had just happened and he knew nothing about it. He even mentioned that it might have been racial profiling due to the reason I stated above about the minority workers. Thats when I got all the employee's information. I just sent out a letter to the Regional Vice President and he wants to know how he can fix this. So in the mean time I need to know my next step. I feel I should be compensated, although nothing will fix the situation that now has been done, but what would be an decent amount in this case? And do I need a lawyer to negotiate the amount?
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