Slander, Libel, and Harassment
SLANDER and LIBEL are false or malicious claims that may harm someone’s reputation.
Slander refers to a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report, while libel refers to any other form of communication such as written words or images. Most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism. Related to defamation is public disclosure of private facts which arises where one person reveals information which is not of public concern and the release of which would offend a reasonable person.
Slander is a harmful statement in a transitory form, especially speech and libel is a harmful statement in a fixed medium, especially writing but also a picture, sign, or electronic broadcast.
HARASSMENT refers to a wide spectrum of offensive behavior. Offensive behavior includes behavior that is threatening or disturbing. There are three types of harassments which are legal, sexual and criminal harassment.
Harassment occurs through words, conduct or actions that appear to serve no legitimate purpose but to irritate, alarm, or cause emotional distress for the recipient. Recently, sexual harassment has seen a large amount of focus, especially in the workplace. Many people that are victims of harassment often feel trapped or unsure of what they can do to get out of the circumstances.
Harassment can be against a woman or a man and the victim is not always of the opposite sex. It can also be considered harassment if the person is not the intended victim but is affected in any way by the offensive conduct. The conduct must be unwanted and unwelcome to be considered harassment.
It is advisable to contact a New York Criminal defense attorney or harassment attorney to ensure the individual is aware of his/her legal rights and options. Even if the harassment complaints appear to be looked into by the employer or place of which the complaints were directed, it is best to make sure procedures and policies are being followed and that the victim avoids further problems.
If you have been involved in an incident of sexual harassment or other types of harassment, you have a right to speak up against your harassers. Our attorneys at the law firm of Bukh & Associates, PLLC, understand the anxiety that you may be feeling and can assertively and effectively address your case.
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