Defamation in Pennsylvania
Defamation occurs when someone publishes a false statement about another person. Publication may be in writing (often called “libel”) or verbal (often called “slander”).
A statement is not defamatory if it is true. In addition, employers are given additional protection against otherwise defamatory statements made directly to an employee – called a privilege—in order to encourage employers to be direct and frank with employees. An employer may abuse this privilege and be subject to a defamation claim.