My question involves defamation in the state of: California
My question is in regards to images of myself (and other colleagues) posted on - a separate personal (public) Facebook page created by the real estate brokerage - a company that I used to work for. The images were taken at a private event, on a private beach, and only until recently I learned that they were posted on this Facebook page. (Note: the real estate brokerage has a separate official public business page on Facebook)
When these images were taken I was going through a difficult time with the company due to their poor management - which made me walkaway shortly after. At the time I had also gained a lot of weight. Having these images posted makes me feel very uncomfortable, for personal reasons and also for the nature of my job when my name is Googled (I work as a journalist). In the same way that I respect the privacy of my subjects when being interviewed, I also expect mine to be respected. I am also aware that as a photojournalist recognizable people in images must sign a release form. Shouldn't it be the same for other businesses, especially when they are posted on auxiliary pages?
I wrote three emails to the Administrator and Manager asking kindly to remove the images. Another option would be for the management to make the images private or crop me out. At first the Administrator replied that she would do it. Shortly my emails were ignored.
They continue to create so much hardship! What is the most subtle way to have these images removed? I really do not want to be involved in another long debate with a brokerage which has the lowest professional values and standards that I have ever come across in my career so far. I have already been through this before with other issues and then left the company due to their poor treatment. Their ambition has no limits.
Thank you in advance!