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What is defamation?

Defamation can ruin your career. It's a serious issue, especially if you have been through an employment dispute or if you are going through one right now. You must know what it is and how it can impact you.

In a very basic sense, defamation is just making false statements with the goal of ruining a person's reputation. The person making the statements is defaming that individual and spreading misinformation. This can be done in print or through conversations. Generally speaking, defamation that happens through speech is called slander, while the same act conveyed through the written word is called libel.

How does this relate to your employment dispute?

Well, perhaps you had a contract with a company to provide a service for a set amount of time. Halfway through the job, they seriously breached that contract. Since they hadn't followed it, you then walked away from the job.

When trying to get another job in the future, you found out that your previous employer was going around and spreading lies and misinformation about you. They were making claims about your character, blaming you for breaching the contract, and making you appear all but unemployable to everyone else.

Not only did you lose that one job because of what they did, but they may have ruined your career and kept you from numerous jobs in the future. Perhaps other companies didn't even reach out to you when they would have otherwise, based on that misinformation alone.

If this happens to you, it's frustrating and devastating. Make sure you know how to protect your future and what legal steps to take.

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