Unknowing Victim

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A person who has caused harm to his fellow must ask forgiveness even if the victim is unaware that he has been harmed.

A case in point is where an employee was being considered for a promotion but was never informed of that possibility. If someone violated the laws of loshon hara and made a statement to the employer which resulted in the promotion not being granted, he must approach the victim, explain what has happened and beg forgiveness.

Sefer Chofetz Chaim, 28 Tishrei, page 104

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