Libel is an illegal activity in which an individual damages the reputation of another using written communication. In most instances, a court will find the offender to be guilty of libel if malicious intent can be proven and if financial damage has been caused as a result of harmful comments. Disgruntled employees and former employees may choose the vent their frustrations by making disparaging remarks about their employer or the products and services offered by their company. Social media posts are a common source of these remarks, but not all negative comments made by angry employees are libelous. Employees have the right to gather publicly to discuss working conditions. Fair criticisms and reporting an employer’s illegal actions to the authorities are protected activities.
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