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California Employers May Sue for Online Defamation

Posted By Editor, Laurie, Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Contributed by James J. McDonald, Jr., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Fisher & Phillips LLP.

The situation is a familiar one. Disgruntled current or former employees leave negative and harmful comments about their employer on online workplace review websites such as Glassdoor or Vault, or on customer review sites such as Yelp. Until recently, employers had little recourse.

Website operators are generally immune from liability under the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996, and they historically have objected strenuously, on First Amendment and privacy grounds, to identifying people who post defamatory comments anonymously on their websites.

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