Editor’s Note: The United States District Court has ruled in Skyview Networks’ favor on the defamation claims asserted by Karen Henderson against Skyview Networks, her former employer. On July 27, 2020, United States Circuit Judge Justin Walker dismissed Henderson’s claim that Skyview Networks had defamed her by communicating that she had been placed on administrative leave. Judge Walker further concluded that communications issued by Skyview Networks “stated only irrefutable facts” and included only truthful statements, which could not be defamatory as a matter of law. Our original coverage appears below.
MESA, ARIZ. — A woman described as a “senior level, executive sales professional in the broadcast communications industry” has filed a defamation lawsuit against her employer in a Federal District Court. She wants a jury trial, based on her accusation that some three weeks ago, her company’s EVP/GM opened Microsoft Outlook on her company-issued laptop and sent every contact a note that she was placed on “administrative leave” and that no one contact her.
These messages went to family, friends, and neighbors, and the plaintiff believes her place of work — Skyview Networks — is guilty of defamation.