When someone accuses you of something that you honestly believe is not true, how will you feel? In other cultures, such an action by is already an insult or an attack on the integrity of the accused individual. Surely, you may have encountered a scenario where your friends accuse you of doing something that you did not, even if they did it as a joke. It simply is not a nice feeling.
If these accusations escalate from the workplace or in a social environment, it’s another different issue. To understand false allegations, I.R.Thompson Associates Ltd and other legal professionals recommend talking with an employment lawyer to know the fundamental laws and principles related to it.
There are three essential elements to a charge of defamation. First is that the accusation or allegation made against you has been published or made known to other people aside from you and your accuser. Secondly, the allegations are false and have resulted in you losing something — your job maybe, your credibility, or even your integrity as a person. Lastly, the person who accused you does not have the privilege or the right to accuse you of such.
Principle of Privilege
In direct reference to — and sometimes one of the defenses against — defamation, if the person who has accused you has the privilege or the right to do so, it may be quite difficult to claim false allegations. The accusations should have no malice and based on evidence, however.
Laws on Background Checks
Companies often do background checks on their prospective employees. Organizations often coordinate with former employers to know more of the information the applicant has provided. If the previous employer told factual information about the applicant, which resulted in the latter not getting the position, the previous employer is not liable for defamation. If the information were lies, then the applicant has the right to sue for defamation.
Laws on Discrimination in the Workplace
Although not definitely a ground for false allegations charges, there are certain instances when cultural differences can provide the impetus for discriminatory remarks and hence, false accusations. For example, if you are a Muslim and someone says that you are a terrorist, then you have a right to file for false allegations.
Making false allegations violates the other person’s rights. Surely, you do not want to be on the receiving end of these allegations. Know how to stand for yourself.