Question: I am so upset…. I worked for a company for 9 months and then decided that the job was not only too taxing for me but the employers views of how I should handle the co-workers under me was not something that I could do. I turned in my resignation, found a new job, and was notified by my new employer that my previous employer had left 2 voice mails, and then finally cornered him in the bank and told him that I stole from them. At no time did this happen or this concern even brought to my attention that they were suspicious of any activity. I am concerned that this slander is going to continue, as we are in the same competing profession and need advice on how to keep the professional upper hand, and if she continues….. what to do.
Answer: I’m so sorry this happened to you.
It is slander, but, even more importantly, it’s defamation. Under defamation, there must be a publication (statement to a 3d party) of a false statement that causes damage to your reputation (as is clear here), with resulting damages – which are presumed if it hurts your business reputation, and are clear if you lose your job. To a lesser extent, there would also be damages for the slander. If you send me an email, I can assist you in the matter.