Defamation and False Accusations
Experienced Employment Attorney in Hartford, CT
Due to the fact that Connecticut is an at-will employment state, employers are able to terminate employees without reason. There are some policies within companies that do require justification, so supervisors often need to provide some sort of reasoning. Unfortunately, even if there is not a good reason for termination, an employer will come up with one. There are defamation laws in Connecticut that protect employees from being fired due to false reasons by their supervisors or employers. If you have been the victim of defamation or false accusation leading to termination, fight for your rights with the help of a Hartford employment law attorney at Cicchiello & Cicchiello, LLP.
Do I have a defamation case?
When pursuing a defamation claim in Connecticut, the following elements must appear in your case:
- A false statement of fact made about you (not just an opinion that you did not like)
- The statement was communicated to another person or included in a personnel file
- You have suffered because of this false statement of fact through either a demotion or termination
A false statement of fact means that there was something said about you that is false. The facts cannot be true, or you may not have a defamation case. An example would be that you stole something from the office or you have missed too much work without calling in. These are facts and if they are not true, they are considered false statements. Some statements that would not qualify for this would be someone saying they do not trust you or that you are unreliable. These are opinions that you may disagree with, but they are not facts. If you have any other questions regarding defamation or false accusation cases, contact Cicchiello & Cicchiello, LLP.
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