Lansing, IL asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Illinois

Q: I work as a bartender. I have a customer who continually tells my customers I steal, short change people and that I am

Rude. Recently she approached one of the bosses to have a meeting to discuss me. She gathered many customers and my bosses basically sat and complained about me and asked that I be fired. Is this defamation? Was my employer at fault for discussing my employment with others?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Your employer can discuss items of customer disatisfaction that involve you. That she gathered many customers says that maybe a claim might not be that strong? Here's the problem--some things "rude" are opinion. As to facts--short changing people, stealing--are clearly libelous. So consider discussing this with an attorney who can at least send her a cease and desist.

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