Protecting Against False Accusations - Exercise

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Protecting Against False Accusations - Exercise

Protecting Against False Accusations

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes.

In this exercise, you will demonstrate your understanding of laws protecting victims from false accusations. Answer the following questions.

  1. When responding to background checks, former employers can say anything they want because they are protected by privilege.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  2. In order to be considered defamation, a statement must be:
    1. Published.
    2. Stated to a third party and cause injury.
    3. False.
    4. All of the above.
  3. False accusations in the workplace:
    1. Contribute to health-related absenteeism.
    2. Are easily dismissed, causing no harm.
    3. Could result in lost future employment opportunities.
    4. Create an atmosphere of intimidation and/or fear.
  4. Consider the following scenario:
    1. An employee is reprimanded and not considered for a promotion because of a false accusation of sexual harassment by a co-worker. The employee files a defamation lawsuit and is subsequently fired. The person who made the false accusation is given the promotion originally due the victim.
    2. Does the employee have any recourse? Discuss possible actions the employee can take.


  1. False, privilege applies only in certain circumstance; background checks are covered by privilege.
  2. D. All of the above.
  3. A, C, and D.
  4. The discussion should include the following possible actions the employee can take: The employee can sue the company for wrongful termination as well as continue with the defamation lawsuit against the person making the false statements.