Can a person file a defamation of character lawsuit in small claims court against his/her current supervisor.?
Ok, here it is. I was recently suspended for 3 days without pay because my immediate supervisor lied. After a recent disagreement between us, the supervisor informed the HR department that in the course of the conversation, I told her to "Shut the F**k up". HR informed me two days later that I was being wrote up for insubordination and intimidation and, because of the profanity used and the excessive nature of the conflict, was being suspended for 3 days. I denied the accusation, and offered witnesses to the fact, yet was told it didn’t matter. I realize that since I live in an at-will state, I don’t believe the company can be held liable yet. But I was wondering if I could file a defammation of character case against the supervisor in small claims court for the amount of wages I lost due to her lies, plus court costs. I’ve worked for this company for over 12 years and have never received any disciplinary action. THe supervisor just recently transferred into our department.