My previous employer is giving me nasty references. What can I do?

If your former employer is giving you nasty references, you may be able to sue for defamation of character. A court may even award punitive damages or damages to punish the employer for his or her actions. Employee reference law prohibits employers from sharing exaggerated or false information about former employees, but a former employer giving a lousy reference based on facts is not illegal. Learn how to prove defamation of character when a former employer gives you nasty references below.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jun 29, 2022

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