I was laid off by a company due to restructure. I was asked to reapply by a mgr at a different location, which I did and subsequently interviewed for. I was then told that they spoke to multiple people about my past work behavior and it was extremely negative so they were not going to hire me. They did not contact references I gave them and what they were told is slanderous and defaming as I was never disciplined or shown any documentation stating I had negative behavior. Is there any legal recourse for me to take action so that my character is no longer being defamed?