Defamation cases are very difficult in the employment context.  In Texas, the employer is protected by what is referred to as a "qualified privilege."  The qualified privilege means the alleged victim of the statement must show the speaker acted with actual malice.  Actual malice means the speaker knew or should have known the statement was

A San Antonio nurse filed suit against the Santa Rosa hospital for defamation.  The nurse, Tammy Perez, claims the hospital performed an abortion a few years ago.  She says the hospital then fired her after she raised the issue to various Roman Catholic church officials.  The Santa Rosa hospital is affiliated with the Roman Catholic