I think the best response in this thread so far is jme's statement that
it "would depend on the laws in the state and the specific facts of the
You haven't given any specific facts of your situation, just questions
that may lead to some assumptions, but (making those assumptions) based on
your questions it seems like what you are asking about most likely isn't
going to be a good case for slander or libel... I agree with jme on this
point as well.
The questions about discrimination do not change this. What is slander
against one person is slander against another... being of a different
religion, race, etc. makes no difference.
Likewise, the principal's termination is irrelevant. If anything, it may
indicate that the district has already addressed some of the issues.
The only indication of "slander" is in your question about the file, but
where I am the teacher has to sign the documents. If I saw documents in a
teacher's file that were unsigned, not to mention placed there by a
principal who was fired, I would ignore them. They are worthless if the
procedures weren't followed. (Also, where I am the file is only seen by
administrators within a single school district, so its contents cannot
affect you if you seek employment elsewhere.)
As for working on the weekend, it depends on what your contract states
regarding hours of work, extra duties, workdays, etc. If there was a
violation of the contract this would be wrongful termination (not slander).
As for discrimination based on disability or religion, certainly that
could be a lawsuit, but it would be a civil rights case not slander or
On 12/29/13, jme wrote:
> On 12/28/13, teacher wrote:
>> What if the principal fired you because you refused to work on the
>> weekend? What if there was religious discrimination involved? What
>> there was discrimination against the teacher who had a
> None of the above has anything to do with slander or libel.
>> On 12/28/13, teacher wrote:
>>> What if it was a first year principal who was fired by the end of
>>> his second year for being incompetent? Doesn't that change
>>> What if the principal filled the teacher's file with
>>> slander that
>>> was never shown to or signed by the teacher?
> If the file was never shown to anyone, it wouldn't be
>>> if that has
>>> prevented the teacher from securing full time
> That would depend on the laws in the state and the specific
> facts of the case.
>>> finally, what if the teacher had the full right
>>> to tenure because
>>> she had enough satisfactory experience and
>>> THEN was discontinued
>>> by the incompetent principal?
> Again, nothing to do with slander or libel.
>>> 12/28/13, Rick wrote:
>>>> On 12/28/13, teacher wrote:
>>>>> Is it true a teacher can sue a principal and assistant
>>>>> principal for slander, defamation and libel? Hope you all
>>>>> have insurance!
>>>> Anybody can sue anybody else at any time. Doesn't mean the
>>>> plaintiff can win, though. Also, good luck finding an attorney
>>>> that will take the case. The attorney will want a decent
>>>> chance of winning, and in many cases, there will be little
>>>> chance of that occurring.
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