Employment law cases

All items: Providing references

  • Negative verbal reference and job offer withdrawal were discrimination arising from disability

    11 February 2016

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that both the claimant's former and prospective employers committed discrimination arising from disability when a negative verbal reference resulted in a job offer being withdrawn.

  • Case round-up

    1 September 2014

    Gerri Hurst, Sinead Keenan, Carly Mather, Joelle Parkinson and Mark Rose are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Court of Appeal finds reference containing unsubstantiated allegations not unfair

    26 September 2011

    The Court of Appeal has held that a reference raising unsubstantiated concerns about an ex-employee's performance was not unfair. 

  • Negligent misstatement: derogatory comments to a former employee's new employer

    5 May 2011

    The High Court has held that a college was liable to a former employee for negligent misstatement when, six years after his departure, it sent a derogatory email to his new employer that led to his dismissal. 

  • Care worker wins sex discrimination claim over failure to provide references

    23 March 2011

    In this case, the industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland ordered a care worker's former employer to pay her £9,500 for sex discrimination after it failed to provide her with a reference.

  • Case round-up

    1 November 2010

    Annabel Mackay, managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard, detail the latest rulings.

  • Case round-up

    1 May 2010

    Richard Ryan, associate, Helen Ward, associate, and Tori O'Neil, trainee solicitor, Addleshaw Goddard, detail the latest rulings.

  • Case round-up: References

    10 January 2006

    This week's case round-up from Eversheds, covering references.

  • Legal & General Assurance Ltd v Kirk

    1 February 2002

    In Legal & General Assurance Ltd v Kirk [2002] IRLR 124 CA, the Court of Appeal held that a case based on negligent misstatement must involve a statement, such as a reference, to a third party. It ruled that the duty to take reasonable care in preparing references does not extend to cover a situation in which no negligent reference has in fact been given.

  • References: Reference giver's duty of care where employee left while suspected of dishonesty

    1 July 2001

    In Cox v Sun Alliance Life Ltd, the Court of Appeal holds that an employer was, through one of its employees, in breach of its duty to take reasonable care to provide an accurate and fair reference for a former employee, who resigned before the employer had completed pending disciplinary proceedings involving investigations into allegations of misconduct.

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