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Q. An employer asked us for job verification on an employee we fired. It has a written consent form from the worker allowing the query. Can I release any and all information regarding the ex-employee's history with us? —R.F., Colorado

A. Don't even think about providing a negative job reference before your attorney reviews the release! In recent years, courts have become more and more tolerant of defamation claims based on job references. From a liability perspective, your safest bet would be to provide nothing more than to verify the former employee's job, title and dates of employment.

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