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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Employer falsely accused me of stealing and threatened me with jail time. I quit the next day. Can I seek damages?

I went to work on my day off to eat at the company restaurant. After seated, security guard said I was on camera stealing purses. They said don’t leave and that they are calling the authorities. They immediately came back and said they made a mistake and said I was free to go. I quit because I... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 16, 2021

Probably not. It was not unlawful to detain you for a short while as they looked at the video and determine you were not the suspect. Your quitting before you ever faced what you feared, i.e., a hostile work environment, probably left you without any legal claim. Even if there was some hostility... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Indiana on
Q: An individual starts rumors around town that you have individual living your house with psychosexual disorder what do?

These are indeed rumors and there are no basis or factual data supporting claim and it is ruining the reputation of the whole family.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 14, 2021

An Indiana attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. An attorney who handles defamation cases could review your matter to determine whether your situation satisfies the legal elements of libel or slander in terms of publication, falsity, and damages. But you should keep... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: Is it liable for someone to knowingly falsely say that someone else is a child molester to hurt their reputation
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on May 13, 2021

In Missouri, defamation claims are tough. It’s not enough to prove a false statement was made, a plaintiff must also prove actual damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I take my employer to court for releasing personal information to outside customers and vendors without my consent?

I recently had a baby prematurely. I shared this information internally with my employer. Within a few hours of sharing, I received an email from a co-worker to a group of customers, (some of which I do not know) detailing not only the birth of my son but also his full name and that he was born... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 12, 2021

More information is needed to analyze your situation. Is your employer requiring you to take a leave you otherwise are not intending to take? Additionally, there is no private cause of action under HIPPA. Only the Department of Health and Human Services and state attorneys general have the power... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Divorce, Employment Law and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can my husband get me for abandonment if I move out of the home because he has a girlfriend.

has had a girlfriend for over a year now. He takes our daughter around her. they talk bad about me in front of her. The girlfriend threatens to hurt me.. She sends me text and calls me. She has been in my personal information through the unemployment office where she currently works. She tells... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
Megan Hunt Dell answered on May 7, 2021

In South Carolina, there is no divorce ground of abandonment; however, there is a ground called "desertion" that is not commonly used anymore. The most common ground for divorce is living separate and apart for more than one year, and the spouses must be separated before the one year can begin.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Oklahoma on
Q: If someone was arrested for Domestic Violence, Kidnapping, Assault by Strangulation and making death threats and were

charged with those offenses, but the accuser willingly and voluntarily dropped all accusations and refused to press charges against said abuser. Can those same accusations be brought back up 3 years later as evidence used in obtaining an Emergency Order of Protection being granted? Or are those... Read more »

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

From what you've described, they can still be brought up. They're certainly not "void."

Victims don't have the choice about "pressing charges." Rather, that's the prosecutor's call. The victim can recant, fail to cooperate, etc. But it's the prosecution's choice whether to press charges or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Pennsylvania on
Q: My boss is harassing me. I am a union member, she isn’t, my workplace hasn’t held her accountable. What can I do?

My boss has been harassing me about personal things that have nothing to do with work. She confronts and attacks me on the job about personal things, she also texts me off the clock about those things. I’m union and she isn’t, and I’ve complained before but she never seems to be held... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Apr 28, 2021

Unless she is harassing you because of your status in a protected class (i.e., race, ethnicity, disability, etc.) or the harassment is sexual in nature, there is likely no legal recourse. If that is the case, it sounds like your best option may be to move departments.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Kentucky on
Q: My EX keeps calling my current boyfriend telling all kinds of horrid lies. He has told him to stop contacting him.

My current boyfriend and myself have blocked him, but he(the EX) downloads those text and call apps and continues to call. He(the EX) has attempted to put a GPS tracker on my phone. He(the EX) has had other females send him(the EX) messages on social media posing as me. He refuses to give my mother... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 26, 2021

Take a criminal complaint for harassing communications and harassment?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Arizona on
Q: Who do you report bankruptcy fraud/disability fraud to when your ex business assoc. hides assets, guns, cars etc

We lived operated our business and worked at this non profit outreach and the owner trespassed from property to take our belongings and dumped our destroyed items in the neighbors parking lot ending in filing criminal damage to property of him. He also took door of shower room we had to use so him... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Apr 20, 2021

Report to the FBI.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: I'm being neural remote monitored I need a lawyer to sue them
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 18, 2021

more info needed to understand.

however, i do not do that sore of litigation.

that would be civil litigation, not criminal.

chances are you would only find a lawyer to do so on an hourly, not on a contingency

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington DC on
Q: What state jurisdiction does revenge porn fall in if posted about American Citizen but in Mexico.

I had a fling for a couple of months in Mexico. I am an American living in DC and he is a Canadian. We fooled around and filmed it, I don't have a copy of the video. I noticed he posted it on his Only Fans without my explicit consent. He did crop my face out of the video and blur out both my... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 17, 2021

The video appears to have been consensually made, so in most jurisdiction the mere creation of the video would not be a crime. You would need to ask a lawyer in Mexico whether that country prohibits the making of sexually explicit videos when both parties consent. Otherwise, it would not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law, Libel & Slander and White Collar Crime for Washington DC on
Q: if someone were to make deepfake of both video and audio version of me, would that count as impersonation?

if somebody, were to make deepfake videos, and deepfake audio of me, with the intent of malicious intent of harming my reputation, would that count as impersonation?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 17, 2021

It might be many things, depending on the facts. First, DC and Virginia are "one-party" audio recording jurisdictions, where only one person (the recorder) needs to consent to it, unlike in Maryland where it is illegal to make an audio recording of someone else without their actual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Libel & Slander and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: they sold my deceased families land & oil & gas minerals without me lnowing and without my consent!

i have to pay everything back for mentioning someone who i caught in my properties. i never whistleblowed.i never wanted to sell proprties now what do i do?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Apr 16, 2021

There is not enough information here to answer. You don't say who sold the property and why. You don't say what monies you are having to pay back and to whom. You should assemble all of your documents related to this matter and consult with an attorney to determine what the issues are and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Hello I'm in need of a lawyer to help me fight for DEFAMATION , LIBEL, SLANDER. I have 3 cases with proof , evidence,

Because of this false information I was slandered with public my health is not good. My blood pressure hit the roof. My depression isolates me. I have a eating disorder (obesity) My reputation is ruined and my kids are getting questioned in public. My stress is making my hair fall out. My nerves... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 14, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your difficult and painful situation. You could consult with defamation attorneys to discuss whether you have any recourse. Keep in mind that these types of cases are not usually handled like car... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Internet Law and Libel & Slander on
Q: Is it legal for somebody to video tape a private telephone conversation and threaten to distribute it on social media?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 11, 2021

There isn't a state or territory mentioned here. Requirements for consent in recording phone conversations can vary by state. There's no guarantee every question is picked up, but there could be better chances if a state was included. You could repost if you wanted to include a state.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Libel & Slander, Criminal Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: In ohio, As a victim of a Aggravated menacing. What do I need to bring and expect in court?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 7, 2021

This depends on what is happening in Court. Is the hearing an arraignment, pretrial, evidentiary hearing, deposition, trial? You can always contact the victim's advocate at the courthouse and they can go through general information with you.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Alabama on
Q: What can be done about a liable or slanderous statement involving a crime and the welfare of children?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 4, 2021

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to attorneys in your area who handle defamation cases. As a GENERAL matter, these types of cases are not usually handled on a contingency basis like a car accident - which means that regardless of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: When are constant calls from animal control harassment? And what can be done?

My dad has a great Pyrenees Moutain dog. The dog lives outside to protect the chickens. Animal control has come to confirm that he has, food, water, shelter, and updates on his shots. We provided all of this and they said we are good But someone in our neighborhood is constantly calling in about... Read more »

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone answered on Mar 30, 2021

Your dad is being lied to. Have him submit a Colorado Open Records Request (most have a form on their websites) to the law enforcement entity(s) asking for all records of all complaints related to his address for the past year. Those are PUBLIC records and more importantly they are records... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: What do I do?!?! This person is trying to ruin me!!!!

My ex wife has filed multiple false allegations against me since 2014, dcf cases, injunctions, and trying to modify child arrangements. Each report says something different, and none of them have gone in her favor meaning I have been lucky enough for a judge not to believe her. This time she is... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 25, 2021

1. The first line of defense I see is for you to go back to the same court that granted your divorce and file a motion to reopen the cases and also file a motion for contempt--citing all of the reasons you gave us here.

2. The second line of defense is to hire a very experienced trial...
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