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.
- When responding to background checks, former employers can say anything they want because they are protected by privilege.
- In order to be considered defamation, a statement must be:
- Stated to a third party and cause injury.
- All of the above.
- False accusations in the workplace:
- Contribute to health-related absenteeism.
- Are easily dismissed, causing no harm.
- Could result in lost future employment opportunities.
- Create an atmosphere of intimidation and/or fear.
- Consider the following scenario:
- 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.
- Does the employee have any recourse? Discuss possible actions the employee can take.
- False, privilege applies only in certain circumstance; background checks are covered by privilege.
- D. All of the above.
- A, C, and D.
- 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.