Q: Can I sue a former supervisor for slander if they told a new employer untruths about me that almost cost me my new job?
I have worked at the State Hospital since 2008 when I got my RN license until January 10, 2017 when I was forced to quit or be terminated, accused of patient neglect. I worked on a unit that is one of the most difficult units in the hospital. There are severely ill patients and 2-3 day shift psych techs that 'tattle' to the DON if they feel I did anything worth reporting, targeting me. This stress prompted me to take FMLA for depression and anxiety. On Dec 31st a patient was secluded when I arrived for an act of aggression toward the night nurse. During my shift the patient began purposely falling backward onto blankets and a pillow where he was secluded, in an effort to be let out. I closely monitored him for indication of injury. These 3 techs texted my supervisor and told her I was not doing my job right. She came in on her day off and sent me home. After an investigation, I resigned. The USH DON told my soon-to-be employer that my license was under investigation, which is untrue.
A: Possible, as that could be libel per se; however hopefully things are doing well, you are working hard to counter any suspicion they may have, and have prevented major fallout. Consult a member of the Utah Assn for Justice who handles slander cases--they give free consults.
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