Fired through social media

CEO of ex-company publicly discussed my termination (before advising me, this is how I found out about his intentions), while other person defamed me sharing my work history. Is there anything that can be done? Both public figures.

Asked 3 months ago in Vancouver, British Columbia
Categories: Labour & Employment

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Dana Quantz

Answer by Dana Quantz

Not VerifiedBritish Columbia lawyer

There are two potential causes of action.

The first is a tort of defamation focusing on harm to reputation.Defamation is made out if someone publishes false information concerning you that would tend to make right thinking ordinary members of society think less of you. So, you would need to prove (1) CEO/others said or wrote something false about you and (2) that it reduced your reputation. In order to be entitled to substantial damages, you should also be able to prove the impact upon you of the defamation. 

The other claim is contractual in that you were dismissed from your employment. This would depend upon your circumstances of employment at the time of dismissal and the nature of any employment contract in place. It is difficult on the information given to answer more than that.

You should probably speak to a lawyer about this matter sooner than later.


Posted 3 months ago

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