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    Jul 25, 2013, 07:16 PM
    Is this considered slander by my former employer?
    I was previously employed in sales. After taking a personal leave I was told they no longer needed me and was let go. I have been trying to get back in the same business selling the same thing as I was. When speaking with a potential customer I was told that my previous employer told them that "I was let go because I was an alcoholic and that is why their business was doing badly" he has said he will write a statement and come to court of need be because he knows this is not true. I have lost business contacts because of them saying this. The personal leave I took was due to a death close to me that I was having a hard time dealing with. This start that my former employer keeps throwing out to anyone who inquires about products is hurting my current job search. I cannot seem to get anyone to want to buy products from me in this business. I am at my wits end as to what to do.
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    Jul 25, 2013, 07:18 PM
    Contact a lawyer and discuss a possible action to recover your damages. Slander is tough to prove even with your person willing to make a statement in court.
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    Jul 25, 2013, 07:19 PM
    What do you hope to gain in court? If you want monetary judgment you will have to prove what their slander cost you as far as things like losing customers.
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    Jul 25, 2013, 07:33 PM
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    What do you hope to gain in court? If you want monetary judgment you will have to prove what their slander cost you as far as things like losing customers.
    I would like to be able to work in the same line of business I was previously in without being told" we'll so and so said you were an alcoholic so we don't think we can work with you " it has been 2 months now and no one wants to work with me. As for monetary gain I couldn't care less. I just want them to stop telling people untrue things about me so I can do what I love. This type of business has been my livelihood for 15 years and I have never had a problem until they started telling people these things
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    Jul 25, 2013, 08:57 PM
    Then you need to get as many potential customers to as you can to write out a complaint on how you are losing business because of them
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    Jul 26, 2013, 03:11 AM
    If you can prove the statement and prove it has affected your employability, you have a good case.

    Definitely speak to an attorney about it. But here's the problem, a case like this can last for years. So there may not be immediate help. Hopefully, an attorney can write some letters, put a scare into the employer and get him to retract his statement. That would be your best course rather than pursuing a suit.

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