Workplace & Employee Defamation in Chicago
Have You Been Fired or Treated Negatively at Work?
It would be ideal if everyone could do their job, mind their own business,
and never be negatively affected by their fellow employees. Defamatory
statements can cause serious damage to a person’s reputation and
career. Unfortunately, employees sometimes lose their jobs as a result
of defamatory statements made about them. Other times, a company will
publish defamatory statements in connection with the termination of an
employee, which can affect the employee’s ability to find another job.
At The Prinz Law Firm, we represent employees who have been harmed as a
result of defamation. Schedule your
free consultation today.
What Exactly Is Defamation?
Defamation is a legal claim that allows a person to seek damages relating
to reputational harm caused by the communication (whether oral or in writing)
of false information. Under Illinois law, the elements of a defamation
claim are: the defendant made a false statement about the plaintiff, there
was an unprivileged publication to a third party; fault by the defendant
amounting to at least negligence; and the publication damaged the plaintiff.
Examples of workplace defamation can include the following:
- Claiming something is true, knowing that it is a lie
- Intentionally creating a rumor which is harmful to a persons' career,
reputation, or character
- Intentionally creating or spreading a false and offensive rumor
- Stating something in a review which is intentionally offensive and harmful
Guiding You Through the Legal Process
Defamation is a difficult claim to succeed in without the help of a skilled
Chicago employment lawyer from our team. Employees face a high burden
and employers have a number of defenses in order to avoid liability. However,
depending on the actual statement made and the context surrounding the
statement, employees can prevail.