Providence, RI asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island

Q: Can I sue for slander/liable/deformation of character?

I wanted to know If I have a potential case. Today I was blindsided completely at work by my supervisor , she told me to meet her in HR at 3pm, she wouldn't tell me why at all. When I got there she told me that this was about something that happened TWO weeks during my shift. This was my first time hearing about this incident. But basically what happened was that a doctor( who was not even there during the shift or case) had sent a email to one of the managers saying I was being rude and refusing to do my job and delaying a case. I will say this , not only that was a lie this person doesn't even know what happen, wasn't even there. I will say this the resident that added into this story was actually the one that cause all the problems, yet I am getting blame for doing my job. I am a secretary in the OR , I page doctors, book cases, send for patient and I only act when my charge person tells me too. I done everything the charge nurse asked me to do,yet i'm getting lied on for no reason

1 Lawyer Answer

Neville Bedford

Answered
  • East Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: Know that truth is a defense to these type of allegations(with some exceptions). Don't discuss the case in a public forum. Consult with an attorney in private and see if they will attend whatever hearing your employer may provide. You should have a right to know whom made this allegation(and know whom the defendant may be if you decide to take further action) that was forwarded by the doctor but if they have a policy that differs from that, you may not. get a copy of the employees handbook/regulations/policy to take with you to your private attorney meeting.

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