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.

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • 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.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.