Can my employer tell everyone that I am an embezzler?

I was fired for embezzlement. Yes, I’m an idiot. Beside the point. My employer told all the employees and pretty much everyone in town. This was done before I was ever charged with anything. Is that legal?

Ann Kiernan replies:

An essential part of a defamation claim (whether slander or libel) is that false information was spread. If you really are an embezzler, then you have no case! My advice is to work on restitution and hope that the sentencing judge is in a good mood on your day in court. Good luck.

Posted 11-14-2018

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.