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Defamation by Slander and Libel in the Workplace and Recommendations to Avoid Legal Liability

Frank J. Cavico () and Bahaudin G. Mujtaba ()
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Frank J. Cavico: Nova Southeastern University
Bahaudin G. Mujtaba: Nova Southeastern University

Public Organization Review, 2020, vol. 20, issue 1, 79-94

Abstract: Abstract Defamation, or defamation of character, is heard often in the media when one person has supposedly made a false statement that harmed another’s reputation in some manner. However, the legal wrong or tort of defamation can take place in the employment context when employers or managers make an intentionally false statement that harms an employee’s character and career. This article illustrates the difference between “slander” and “libel” and discuss the privileges and defenses to defamation, especially the qualified privilege as it applies in the employment context. We discuss the implications of this tort in the workplace and provide recommendations on how to avoid liability for defamation.

Keywords: Defamation; Intentional tort; Legal liability; Libel; Slander; Qualified privilege (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11115-018-0424-8

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