The National Law Journal is reporting that defamation lawsuits are on the rise in the workplace. Employees are taking on employers over the right to reputation, suing over being labeled as damaged goods after losing their jobs.
With the economy forcing so many people out of work, lawyers say the environment is ripe for defamation claims.
Employers are facing mounting pressure over how to treat departing employees, and how to explain the departure without hurting their reputations. The employers' fear is that negative or offensive information will go out the door along with the exiting employee, providing grounds for defamation claims.
And technology — including e-mails, Twitter, Facebook and blogs — is making it easier to disseminate hurtful information about employees.