Can I sue my employer for deliberate false statements made during an investigation into my conduct. The documents have been shared widely.

1st Apr 2020

I was under investigation for various allegations.

Some of the staff made deliberate false statements about me and events.

One member of staff was telling people I was going to kill them and my employer did not act on this.

As a result the documentation has been shared across multiple divisions and I have been awaiting redeployment.

I have suffered serious professional harm to my reputation and to my ability to find employment in other employers in our local area.

I have been off sick for many months and have developed a severe depression, anxiety and self harm with suicidal ideation.

Can I sue my employer for the professional harm (Defamation/Libel/etc) as well as the harm to myself?

Many thanks

CATEGORY: Employment


1 answer
  • Summerfield Browne Limited

    An employer is under a duty to investigate matters in full and allow an employee reasonable time prepare their case. Some employers may opt to appoint an impartial investigator to consider the evidence and produce a report. Where an employee is facing potentially career threatening allegations, the standard required for an investigation is higher. An employer must conduct an “even-handed, careful enquiry” – meaning the investigator must focus equally on any potential evidence that may point towards your being not guilty and/or innocent of the allegations against you. To determine whether there are grounds to bring a cause of action against your employer will require a deeper evaluation of the situation.  


    Should you require further information then please do contact Summerfield Browne Solicitors on 0800 567 7595 or email on

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