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Re: Being asked about my current/old job by applicants
The 'injured professionally' part is the kicker. If your previous principal says something negative and untrue, and the new place does not hire you and the stated reason is what was said by the principal, you'd have a case. Same with parents - they can lie and bad mouth you to every person in town, but until the admin says, "We are not renewing and it is because Sherie said this that and the other," you have no case.
Difficult to see how this works legally in the other direction - Frankie doesn't take the job because you told him the district sucks. Of course, principals and sups have networks and ways to mess you up without having to resort to official legal remedies.
...would it still be considered slander (or libel) and defamation if the statements were true?
That's how I understand things...the person bringing the lawsuit would have to prove that what was said about them was false, and therefore injured them professionally in order to win in court.
No, you can't.
You could be charged with libel for publishing negative things in the media or in email.
Simply bad-mouthing an employer would be considered slander, not libel.
Slander, by the way, is still illegal.
All of the above would be considered "defamation" which is the gist of the lawsuit that could result.