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Tips on approaching a former employer to serve as a reference when applying for a job.

We are often asked, "Isn't it against the law for a former employer to give a bad reference?" Well, even it was true, How many people get caught speeding or going through stop signs every day. You can't count on the myth of such a law to protect you. The truth is, not many states have laws that protect employees from getting a bad reference. It is illegal for a former employer, fellow employee or subordinate to purposefully give false or unproven information for the sole purpose of harming your reputation or from finding a job. Some companies fearing potential defamation, slander, retaliation or discrimination law suites have become careful when answering employment reference questions. They will either speak in "code" by changing the pitch of their voice instead of speaking negatively about a former employee, some will quickly refer to Human Resources when asked critical employment questions regarding performance, termination, and eligibility for rehire. Some think they are slick by saying things like, " I am sorry, but we have reached a settlement that does not allow me to comment about their employment." That statement could be the kiss of death when it comes to finding a job. "Code Speak" is even more harmful to the employee as a bad reference. Potential employers can have vivid imaginations when they hear snip its from your old boss. When a prospective employer has to choose between two qualified applicants - one with positive references and the other with mediocre or bad references it becomes obvious as to who gets a job offer. We work with lawyers that have successfully argued that an employer discriminated against an employee by not following their own internal reference verification policy.

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Defamation is a statement that gives a negative impression of a person, company, group, product, government, or country. The statement is made as though it were true, when in fact, it is false. Defamation can be slander, which is made with spoken words, sounds, sign language, or gestures. Defamation in any other form, like in printed words or pictures, is libel. To be considered defamation, the claim has to be false, it has to be made as if it were true, and it has to have been communicated to people other than the entity being defamed.

If you believe you have been the victim of defamation, you can get justice by bringing a civil suit. However, you will have to prove that the statement made was false; prove that the statement did damage to you; and show that the statement was made without sufficient research to know whether it was true or not.

There are also four types of defamation called "defamation per se," which means that the defamation is a given and it's not necessary to provide proof of damage. Defamation per se is when someone falsely claims you have a foul disease (such as a serious and highly contagious one, like an STD), when someone falsly claims you are guilty of sexual misconduct, when someone falsely states that you have committed a crime, or when someone says that you are not fit to run a business. In these cases of defamation per se, the only proof needed is that the statement was made. When the defamation is a statement made against public figures, like members of the government, officers of large corporations, or performing artists, additional proof is needed for a successful lawsuit. The defamed person must prove that the statement was made with "actual malice" and with disregard for the truth. In other words, the person who defamed must have done so with the intention of doing harm and/or with a reckless disregard for the truth.

   Bad Reference Motivational Factors

Even though some companies have policies that only allow title, dates of employment and eligibility for rehire to be discussed, many people break the rules everyday giving bad references. We know that many former employers give bad references despite company policies. Human emotions can prevail when providing a job reference by an emotional former employer. Emotions could play a role in a bad reference from, jealousy, anger that you left,  philosophical differences, discrimination, retaliation or harassment could all be motivational factors by an old boss. 

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