Crane, MO asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri

Q: Is this slander?

I was at work clocking in at our time clock, when one of my coworkers was talking very loudly about a situation that happened that morning that involved me ,but not her, she was speaking to our boss very rudely about me, cursing telling him that I was bitching and shouldn’t have talked to another person in a certain manner. She’s just going on hear say from the other coworker that apparently took something I said out of context. She then said that I should air my personal stuff on the group chat we made for work, so everyone knows what’s going on. He was agreeing with her. I felt like this should’ve been taken to his office and discussed in a private setting. There were two other people in the break room and people coming in and out of the hallway where I was hearing this. We’re having a meeting this morning and I feel like he is going to bring this up in front of exerting that’ll be in the room. Which is several that knows nothing about this.

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Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Defamation cases in Missouri are difficult and expensive.

You haven't identified anything said that was objectively false (as opposed to opinion). Someone saying that you were "bitching and shouldn’t have talked to another person in a certain manner" is a statement of opinion, not a factually inaccurate statement.

You also haven't explained how you've been financially damaged by what was said. Therefore, I doubt that it would be worth your paying an attorney many thousands of dollars to file a lawsuit, if that is what you are contemplating.

Best wishes. Maybe you'd be better offer having a discussion with the person who made the offensive statements.

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