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By Debra Roth

Q & A Session – Former Employer Gives Negative and False Reference

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Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.

Q:

A former employer of mine gave a false and negative employment reference on me. I was able to obtain the job, but I still feel scared. What can I do about this? Can I file an EEO complaint?

A:

An EEO complaint is probably not effective, especially if your former employer was not the U.S. government. If you landed the job despite the negative reference, it is probably best not to draw attention to the reference and concentrate on doing your best work with your new opportunity.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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