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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Lee D Silver badge

Re: Bad references

For anyone who doubts this, I challenge you to point to a law that says anything like that, or a court case where an HONEST reference was deemed illegal.

And almost every reference you can find will tell you the same:

http://www.totaljobs.com/careers-advice/money-and-legal/references-faq

The reason it's not generally done is a) professionalism, b) avoidance of the possibility of a lawsuit (by the time you're into references for people that haven't done a good job, you tend to tread carefully, HR-wise), c) it's easier to just REFUSE to provide a reference which tells people roughly the same without the potential liability.

But it is NOT illegal to provide an HONEST reference, good or bad.

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