My question is regarding slander and defamation of character (I guess)
First a little background . . .
My brother owns his own business installing garage doors and garage door openers. He gained all of his experience through a former friend. My brother, Mike, sub contracted for this guy Joel for about 3-4 years before he was forced into quitting. The reason Mike had to quit was due to Joel increasing percentages from 10 to 25% in one months time.
Now this is where my question begins . . . .
Mike has been applying to various big home improvement stores, which Joel already has accounts with. Mike contacted a regional manager for one of these big home improvement stores and this regional manager was very interested in speaking with Mike and stated that he would be able to have Mike do some work for a couple of his locations. Now, somehow this regional manager got word that Mike was a sub-contractor for Joel. This manager contacted Joel for a reference check, without Mike permission. Well, Joel had bad mouthed Mike, saying that he does not respect authority and is not a team player. Slander? I am not too sure. Also, if this is slander, what can Mike do about this?