Nottingham, MD asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Maryland

Q: I recently terminated an employee. That employee has filed false BBB claim and libelous posts to FB. Is this criminal

employee made false claims that I am a "drug popping addict" as I recently underwent major surgery and was taking prescribed medication. She filed BBB claim that I asked her and other employees to come to my house and get me dressed, which is insanity. Can I sue her and/or put her in jail. Also posted on facebook that she "is gunning for me"

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Joseph D. Allen
Joseph D. Allen
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  • Hunt Valley, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: It appears at first blush that the only potentially criminal action here would be the "gunning for [you]" comment- but that is susceptible to various interpretations. The rest is potentially a civil claim for defamation, but those cases are difficult and highly fact-specific. Another thing to consider is whether you could collect from the ex-employee on any judgment you might obtain. You may want to consult an attorney. You might also want to contact the BBB and complain to them about the comments, and ask them to be removed (after you save them for a potential civil suit).

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