April 18, 2018

AJ – Defamation claim against employer

Publication of report contained false allegations against client

The client worked for an advisory company in Sydney. His employer sent an email containing a report to a large number of employees within the company. The report drew attention to a specific incident that had occurred within the company where it alleged that an employee had performed acts of vandalism to vehicles belonging to employees of another organisation. Whilst the report did not name our client specifically, it did mention the person living in a specific house that many employees knew that AJ resided in.

Client sued employer for defamation

AJ filed a defamation complaint on the basis that the publication by his employer had defamed him by falsely imputing that he was a vandal and a criminal. The publication caused significant harm to AJ’s reputation who was a well-respected and law-abiding citizen.

Successful settlement

We represented AJ in his negotiation with his employer seeking a large sum of compensation. His employer eventually agreed to settle the dispute and issued an apology letter to AJ and agreed to pay a sum of compensation.