Court dismisses bad-reference suit
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.