Denver, CO asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Colorado

Q: Do I have a civil suit?

Do I have a civil suit? because they're employee accused me of stealing told me I'm not allowed on the property because he has video of it which is untrue as I have never stolen anything from any company in my life

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, the potential for a civil suit depends on several factors. If an employee falsely accused you of stealing and this accusation was made public or caused you harm, you might have grounds for a defamation claim. Defamation involves making a false statement that harms someone's reputation.

However, proving defamation can be complex. You would need to demonstrate that the statement was made to others, that it was false, and that it caused you harm, such as damage to your reputation or financial loss. The context of how and to whom the statement was made also matters.

Additionally, if the accusation led to a ban from the property without just cause, and if this has caused you significant inconvenience or harm, there might be other legal angles to explore, such as wrongful exclusion.

It's advisable to gather all relevant evidence, including any communication about the accusation and the ban. Consult with an attorney who can assess the specifics of your case. They can guide you on the strength of your potential claim and advise on the best course of action. Legal advice is crucial as each case is unique and state laws vary.

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