It said that I agreed that my employer and referees shall not incur any liability or claim for compensation whatsoever under the DPA in respect of any document or information obtained through such enquiries and that I acknowledge that all referees are disclosing information confidentially. Surely an ex employer can't just lie on a reference though? I gave three references in total and both others were fine. I was told that the offer was withdrawn because of the reference. I had applied for several jobs before and felt that the interviews went well, however, never heard back after giving references. After finding out that I had received a bad reference I did not put my ex employer down as a reference and got the very next job I applied for!