Defamation Protection After Harassment Complaint

Sometimes after a harassment complaint is made, the alleged harasser accuses the victim and/or employer of defamation. Defamation is a claim for injury to one's reputation resulting from a false written or oral statement.

California Civil Code section 47 offers some protection to employers and victims of sexual harassment from liability for defamation by an alleged harasser after a complaint of sexual harassment has been made.1

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