Santa Barbara, CA asked in Libel & Slander for California

Q: legally pursue an employer for telling a customer your autistic to fix a bad yelp review and then it being put on yelp?

The customer then updated yelp review saying that I have autism if that makes sense. would it be legally actionable because it is libel? I dont have autism my employer literally just made that up so the person would edit their review and now people in my town believe I have autism. Is this something i could sue over?

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Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Perhaps yes. It is slander for one person to tell another a knowingly false statement of past or present fact that causes damage to the reputation of another. If you can establish actual injury as a result of this untruth about you, you might have a meritorious legal claim against the employer (and maybe even the customer who republished the falsity). The practical questions that would need to be asked relates to whether bringing the lawsuit is worth it in terms of time, money and effort. You really need to locate and consult with an attorney to discuss that dynamic.

Good luck to you.

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