Badmouthed By A Former Boss? What To Know About Defamation

While employer/employee relationships usually end on a positive — or at least neutral — note, some former employees end up dealing with a vengeful prior boss who badmouths them. If this has happened to you, do you have any legal recourse? Here's what you need to know about defamation and employment laws. What Is Defamation by a Former Employer? Defamation is a statement that injures another person's reputation. In a legal context, it takes two forms: slander is spoken defamation, and libel is written defamation.