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According to Florida law, a statement that an employee was drunk on the job was defamatory in nature:

In this case, the alleged statements were clearly defamatory in nature. Alexrod v. Califano, 357 So.2d 1048 (Fla. 1st DCA 1978). Publications which impute to another characteristics or conditions incompatible with the proper exercise of one’s business, trade, profession or office are slanderous per se. *776 Drennen v. Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 328 So.2d 52 (Fla. 1st DCA 1976); Prosser Law of Torts s 112 (4th Ed. 1971).
 
See: Glynn v. City of Kissimmee – 383 So.2d 774

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