Defamation Per Se

by Meredith on January 20, 2014

Ohio recognizes that certain statements constitute defamation per se. These statements are so egregious that they will always be considered defamatory and are assumed to harm the plaintiff’s reputation, without further need to prove that harm. Ohio has a broad definition of defamation per se. In contrast to most states, which limit defamation per se to three or four specific categories of statements, Ohio defines the term as any statement that “reflects upon the character of [the plaintiff] by bringing him into ridicule, hatred, or contempt, or affects him injuriously in his trade or profession.” Becker v. Toulmin, 138 N.E.2d 391, 395 (Ohio 1956). A statement can constitute defamation per se only if it conveys its negative meaning directly, not by innuendo or implication.

Enough – is enough.

The next chat you have about me… will be with my attorney.

I am so well versed in employment law that it’s almost sickening. That used to be my full-time job. A job I quit because I couldn’t work with some of you vile humans any longer. Not even for a minute longer.

So please, text my boss lies about me again. I almost dare you.

Because I don’t run. I fight.

BRING. IT. ON.

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

April

Kill it sista…..I’ve taught you well

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Meredith

#BestYoungGrasshopperEVA

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GypsyRose

Meredith – my current boss hates me for a number of reasons. I am smart and I refuse to kiss his butt and he feels threatened by it. I have heard every excuse from every person possible about why I should not take it personally and I am sick of it. I am now looking for another job because I won’t be treated like dirt because someone’s ego can’t take it.

I am SO glad you now work for someone that believes in YOU and empowers you and doesn’t buy into all that macho b.s. that you can’t do the same things a man can because you’re a girl. I remember selling cars over 20 years ago and worked with some amazing women (a sales manager, a finance manager, and one more sales person besides me) and only one other sales guy at a small dealership in Maui. It was awesome and I loved it! When I moved back home to Portland, I couldn’t get a job in a dealership – ‘cuz’ girls just didn’t do that. I am sorry you’re having to deal with this crap, but keep moving forward.

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Meredith

Thank you.

I just wish my former employer would shut this shit down. But they don’t. Hopefully now they will.

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GypsyRose

As my son would say, “big baby butt-heads!” Not very mature, but totally apropos.

I saw a quote by Winston Churchill after I read your FB post.
He said, “Have you made any enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.”

I’d like to think I can roll with that even when it hurts, but I know it’s not always easy. I’m not sure I always have that (veddy) British stiff upper-lip.

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steph gas

wait… your boss blogs too? and knows your blog? is that okay? i hide my blog from so many people, especially potential employers. that’s pretty cool that he’s so supportive though. and i feel like i’ve missed something re: former employer. but i feel stabby on your behalf. go get ‘em!

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Meredith

He thought it was so cool that I blog, that he asked me to help him make him one. I literally built his blog for him.

Doesn’t matter about the former employer. It matters that they see this and know I am done hearing my name coming out of their mouths. I quit for a reason. Now move on.

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steph gas

that’s so neat about your boss. it’s stupid that your former employer is talking about you, especially to your current employer. it says something AWESOME about your current employer that he’s supporting you and ignoring them. good for you to move on – i remember how crazy it was when you jumped careers, but it was very motivating and brave to me :)

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Deborah N

I don’t miss office gossip one bit. Thankfully I work in a very small office where that does not happen. Good for you for standing up for yourself! Best wishes Meredith!

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Amber

Wow… I’m glad you’ve got such a great support system in place! I’ve been bullied for five years by our landlord and their chosen representative at my current place of employment. I have seripusly had enough of the whole situation and have started the job hunt. It’s gotten so bad that they’ve been taken to court by my bosses. What is wrong with people?! Stay strong, lady! We will rise above!

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