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Defamation in the workplace: what you need to know

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HC Online | 21 May 2014, 11:09 AM Agree 0
Everyone vents about their boss or colleagues from time to time, but when does blowing off steam cross the line into legal territory? HC investigates.
  • Robyn Matthewman | 21 May 2014, 12:38 PM Agree 0
    I was subjected to bullying / harassment by my Co-Ordinator, I reported to this to my Manager and HR, unfortunately as I suffer from major depression this was blamed for my 'over reaction'. Eventually I retired in April
  • Sebastian Harvey | 21 May 2014, 03:49 PM Agree 0
    My understanding of the issue is that qualified privilege also extends to HR and, where an organisation has them, Contact/Diversity Officers. Both groups should have been given this right as part of their role to provide people with information about their rights and/or to follow-up on allegations. An important condition of qualified privilege is that the conversations are confidential. HR, contact officers and managers who spread allegations to anyone not covered by qualified privilege could still be at risk of a defamation claim. Allegations made to HR or a CO must still be in good faith to avoid being defamatory.
  • HW | 21 May 2014, 10:11 PM Agree 0
    Robyn - even though you have retired, your suffering from Depression should not have been used by the organisation to avoid liability for genuine workplace bullying. It might be worth your while to get professional advice (a lawyer and/or your former union, for example) immediately about any rights you may have in this case.
  • Annie | 28 Jun 2016, 09:43 PM Agree 0
    How do you defend yourself from a colleague that makes you out to be in the wrong in front of colleagues but in fact is not so but wants to ensure it comes across to other personnel as so?
  • HCA @ NHS UK | 23 Nov 2016, 06:06 AM Agree 0
    If I bullied someone in public, I would be accountable to police interrogation.
    When I am bullied and proven to be bullied at work when does enough become enough?
  • penelope | 23 Mar 2017, 04:04 PM Agree 0
    I'm been working in a place where my boss and supervisor are the most corrupted and bullying people both are friends and both cover each other, people leaving the job because of the management, we send complaints to human resources the head manager of my boss but nothing they all covered it, this is all corruption, when my manager and her friend should be taken to court but bullying is hard to prove, plus when you need a hand from any lawyer they can't help you that's why bosses are bullying the employee, so the person who has been bullied finish leaving the job or taking medication for depression and the guilty ones are happy doing more bullying. if a good lawyer can read my message please contact me here thanks...the bully is still on...
  • | 19 Oct 2017, 11:50 AM Agree 0
    I am currently going through a sexual harassment and bullying at work by HR. I have extensive evidence and witnesses. Not sure what to do? I am currently suffering a lot of pain and looking to seek medical help. Any thoughts? Please? I have asked for help and they said they would? Should I report this? Is it stupid?
  • matt | 21 Mar 2018, 10:20 AM Agree 0
    I have been working for a company for over 11 years servicing outside customers , all of a sudden i was recently called into the office and made aware of 3 complaints made by customers about me .No details about the complaints so therefore i can't defend myself against them.Even though it is writing it is all very vague,as a result my position has been changed to dealing with internal customers which i don't want to do.I have had a great relationship with my customers for over 11 years and had no problems .People talk a lot in this industry and i am sure this has damaged my professional reputation .I also sent the Managing Director an email about this twice but he wont reply.
    Where do i go from here?
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