Last Updated Jun 13, 2008 1:05 PM EDT
Thus began the era of reference fear; many companies will now only confirm the dates of employment. While the law, at least in theory, protects truthful references, the unwritten rule is that if you're going to give a reference, it must be a good one for fear of a big-bucks lawsuit.
The catch here is that some see it as harmless to give a good reference to a bad employee because all you're doing is unloading your problem on someone else (possibly even a competitor). But is this ethical?[poll id=51]Have a thought on the reference-fear dilemma? Join the discussion in the comments section.