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1. The first thing you need to realise is that any items to which copyright attaches when an employee is working for an employer, belong to the employer and not the employee. This principle of law was decided in the famous case of the 'Post-it' notes or stickies which an employee of the multinational 3M developed. However, when the employee sued for copyright the court held for the company. So, in your situation, you need to realise that your employer holds all the copyright in any items you developed for them whilst you have been employed for them. So, although, you might have developed these items, you have no rights in them. They belong to your employer.
2. You would have to show you developed these items when you were not working for the company if you were to have any copyright in them. Secondly, if they are bad-mouthing you and your work, then you can sue them for defamation for any false material they are saying about you. This is a free-standing cause of action. However, you should really seek alternative employment before you take this step.
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