1. Your former employer can provide information about your job duties, salary, and dates of employment. Employers can also tell whether you were fired or terminated and why. However, libel and slander laws prevent your former employer from saying things about you that could be considered defamation. You former employer cannot lie about you, they can say things that are true, facts, and accurate.
2. Employment resources you should check:
United States Department of Labor Employment Law Guides: http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/index.htm
Ohio State Department of Commerce
Florida readers check: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation:
3. You should call an attorney in your area who practices in the area of employment law and/or the areas of defamation / libel / slander law to describe the specifics of what happened in your case to see what their thoughts and advice are.
4. You can use a reference checking service to find out what your former employers are saying about you to potential employers.
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Slander is the oral communication of false statements which are harmful to someone’s reputation. Spoken opinions which don't contain statements of fact don't constitute slander. The basic elements of a claim of slander include; 1.defamatory statement 2. published to third parties 3.which the speaker/publisher knew or should have known was false. Contact a local defamation lawyer to protect your rights and reputation.
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You do not mention whether the statements were false or not. If the statements were false, and you can prove that they caused you to sustained damages, then you may have a case for slander against former employer.
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