you will find gossiping everywhere you go. it's not right, but it happens. the best, although sometimes hardest, way to deal with it is it just ignore it. my theory is "if they have nothing better to do than talk about me, then i just feel sad for them". these people have kids, hobbies, and everything else in the world to talk about, but for some reason won't. I'll bore you with 20 minutes talking about my cat before you'd hear me say anything about someone else. Just remember "this too shall pass" and by next week, they'll be talking about something, or someone, else.