Reference requests – a reality check

  • David Harris
  • Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Employers can usually choose whether to give a reference or not, but if they do elect to provide one, it must be fair and accurate.

References must not include inaccurate or misleading information and employers should avoid giving subjective comments or opinions that are not supported by facts.


Some references might suggest that the job applicant is not suitable for the role they are applying for. It might imply that the job applicant doesn’t have enough relevant experience for the role or that the job applicant didn’t describe their current job properly.

This could lead to claims against a former employer if these statements cannot be substantiated.

For advice on responding to reference requests contact any of the solicitors here at DPH Legal.

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