Court dis­misses bad-ref­er­ence suit

Times Colonist - - Business -

A man who sued his former em­ployer for defama­tion over a neg­a­tive job ref­er­ence has lost his case af­ter an On­tario court found the eval­u­a­tion was truth­ful. Lawyers for Stokes Eco­nomic Con­sult­ing said the com­pany has been cleared in an $800,000 law­suit filed by its former em­ployee Adam Papp. They say the court ruled that com­pa­nies should be al­lowed to give their honest opin­ion in a job ref­er­ence so long as there is no ma­li­cious in­tent. The lawyers said the firm of­fered to give Papp a ref­er­ence af­ter fir­ing him and planned to praise his tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties and com­put­ing skills. They said that when the com­pany re­ceived a call from the gov­ern­ment of Yukon, it was re­peat­edly asked how Papp in­ter­acted with others. They said the firm told the truth — that Papp did not get along well with his co­work­ers — in­for­ma­tion that cost him the job.

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