Employee Defamation Attorneys
Philadelphia Employee Defamation Lawyer
At Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, we represent workers whose careers have been damaged or lost due to supervisors and other employees knowingly making false accusations. We also handle general defamation claims not directly associated with employment. A Philadelphia employment defamation lawyer from Console Mattiacci Law, LLC can represent and fight for compensation for you. Call us today at 215-545-7676 to schedule a consultation.
We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Moorestown, New Jersey and New York, New York. We represent clients throughout the region, including but not limited to, Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey.
Statement Must Be False
In order for a claim of defamation to be actionable, it must be something that is false. A false statement cannot be an opinion. If a supervisor or another employee says that the employee is untrustworthy, lazy or irresponsible, that alone is not sufficient to be considered defamation.
A defamation claim must be based on a statement that is objectively untrue. However, to have a claim, the burden is on the employee claiming defamation to prove that, first, the statement was made and, second, that the statement is false. The facts must be proven by preponderance of evidence, meaning more likely than not.
Personnel Files in Defamation Cases
Personnel files can be key evidence in a defamation case, as any purported reasons for termination may be documented there.
Under Pennsylvania Personnel File Act, a person who is still employed, laid off with reemployment rights or on a leave of absence has a right to inspect his or her personnel files. The employer is only required to allow inspection during business hours and may require the employee to inspect the records on his or her own time.
New Jersey does not have a similar law, and not all Pennsylvania employees meet the requirements. Some companies have policies that allow current or former employees access to files.
Statement Must Be Seen or Heard by Another
The false statement must have been seen or heard by someone other than the employee and the person making it. If the statement was made in a warning letter or in an employee evaluation, the employer is considered to have the privilege to make the statement.
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC ǀ Philadelphia and New Jersey Attorneys for False Employer Accusations
If you’ve been the subject of lies by a former employer or supervisor or even someone not associated with your employment directly, and it’s cost you your job or more, you may have a cause of action. At Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, we help victims of workplace defamation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the Philadelphia recover for their damages. Contact us today at 215-545-7676 to schedule a consultation.