What can I do about an old assistant manager that keeps giving me false reference and is keeping me from getting a job?

I haven’t worked in over 5 years because of this reference.

Asked on September 17, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If he is lying about you--making untrue factual statements about you to other people, like perspective employers--you could sue him for defamation; also possibly for tortious interference with  prospective economic advantage. In such law suits, you could get a court order directing him to stop doing this and/or monetary compensation. If, however, he is making truthful statements or only stating opinions (for example: "John/Jane Doe is a lousy worker and lazy, too"--that's an opinion) there is nothing you can do: people are entitled to state the truth and their personal opinions, even if harmful.


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