Peoria, IL asked in Libel & Slander for Illinois

Q: My direct boss knowingly sent false information about me to higher ups upon my resignation, is this grounds for libel?

I was part of what I would describe as a hostile work environment and after numerous documented complaints of being mistreated I eventually resigned. As such I sent a respectful letter of my resignation via email to my direct mgr. and hr. In response to this my direct boss sent an email to 5 higher ups in the company and knowingly made false allegations against me including that I lied as an employee, did not follow basic protocols, and gave no effort in my time with the company. There is no documented proof of his false claims nor have I ever been reprimanded. Is this grounds for Libel?

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It does sound that you do have a case for libel; however, on the other hand, what are your damages? If these communications prevents you from finding another job, your case becomes stronger. On surface, the cost and time of any litigation may not justify pursing this matter.

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