Defamation in Employment Law

Defamation is the act of intentionally making false statements about and individual or individuals in writing (libel) or verbally (slander), which damages their reputation or livelihood.

To initiate a civil claim of libel or slander against another person or organization, it must be a defamatory statement that was made to a third party, the defamatory statement must be made about a specific person or organization, and the defamatory statement must be false and disparages the person or organization.

Defamation is not an uncommon occurrence in employment matters, especially when it comes to reference letters or statements made by former employers to other businesses or regulatory bodies.


A highly nuanced practice area, defamation law in the employment context, requires up-to-date knowledge of this rapidly evolving body of law.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in litigating defamation matters in various contexts including personal, professional, business, and employment. We also have considerable experience in dealing with internet-based or online defamation.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

If you are facing a defamation proceeding or faced with dealing with defamation issues in relation to your employment, we urge you to give us a call at 905-417-2227 to discuss your matter immediately.

Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.