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What are my rights reading slander in the workplace?

Question Details: I work in the oil field and use different vendors for jobs. I had 1 vendor get mad at me for giving another vendor a few jobs instead of giving the jobs to him. He reported me to my foreman telling him I was telling him to add extra hours on his invoice to my company to benefit me. I was pulled into the office by management and a report was filed against me. I was passed up for promotion because of his allegations. So I called this guy and recorded the conversation and he admits that he was mad and was running his mouth to get me into trouble because I was using his competitor. What can I do or do I have a case against him for almost losing my job and being passed up for the promotion?

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