A former co-worker, an officer of this company not in the HR Department, became aware of my attempt to obtain employment, called me and attempted to dissuade me from pursuing said employment. I also believe that he made unfounded negative remarks (libel?) about me to the prospective employer.
Apparently, the person I was to interview with knew the former co-worker, called him and asked him to call me to tell me that I would be offered the job, but the company would be sold after the new year and many people, including me, would be laid off. Strange since I never had the opportunity to interview with the second person. The person was to be the second interview; the first interview had gone very well. After I received the ''interfering'' call, I never heard back from the prospective employer. I later confirmed that the sale of the company was a fabricated lie.
As a result, of this fellow's interference I never received a job offer, rather a declination.
Under what circumstances or conditions would a previous employer's acts in directly and maliciously interfering with my attempts to obtain mew employment constitute a cause of action? What kind of proof would I need to prove this? Any direction that you can offer me?