My question involves defamation in the state of: xx
I received an odd review, one which I was rated poorly, but given no direction to improve. In fact the text of the review is nothing but favorable. Just the grade was bad. I was told that it was because I had only been there a short time and the bad grade would be overlooked for that reason. During the review he said that as a team there needs to be better communication but did not mention any specific example. After the review the manager snuck in a comment about needing to be a better communicator, but still cited no specific example.
Prior to this review, one day my manager got in trouble with his manager over a project I was working on. I was not one of the original people on the project. About the time I joined the project it was discovered a large requirement was missing. This requirement was communicated to me via my team lead.
In a meeting with the customer I informed them that there was a missing requirement I knew few details about, and that I was told about by my team lead as he handed the project off to me. The customer went up his chain-of-command with the new problem.
The requirement problem came across to my manager's manger. He reprimanded my manager to some degree over the fact that such a major requirement had been overlooked until that time.
In the added on comment to my review it says that I failed to communicate something to my "project management team." As stated before I had never been cited a specific example of this communication failure.
Now that the manager is no longer with the company I have been reporting to his manager lately. The new manager has a bias against me based on my past performance. In trying to figure out what has caused such contradictory review, I have come to the realization that I had been made a scape-goat. The only thing that makes the review make sense is that my manager told his manager that I failed to communicate the over looked requirement. A requirement that was part of the project before I was even hired. A requirement expressed to me by my team lead who was part of the project team.
I have enough hard evidence to cast doubt on the fact I did a poor job. This includes the text of the review as well as awards given to me as a result of my work on the project.
If I can connect the missing dots, and I strongly believe I will be able to, do I have a good case against the former manager? Because of these actions I have a bad (though I am going to get the opportunity to repair it) reputation, have been passed over for a performance bonus (it wouldn't have been much), and am ineligible for a raise for a year (which I am going to try to appeal.) Are his actions considered more than negligent?