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Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. In what way was it false?
It is anyone’s guess whether they would admit their errors or not, it really depends on the employer, the people running this at their end and so on – simply no way to predict if they will do the right nothing or try to cover things up further – only time will tell. But the more pressure that is put on them, especially with potential legal proceedings, the more they may try and rethink their position. When providing a reference, an employer owes the employee a duty of care to ensure that the contents of the reference are accurate and not misleading. If they breach that duty by providing a false reference they would be acting in a negligent manner and the affected employee can consider making a claim for damages incurred as a result of that negligence. So whilst at this stage you just undertaking negotiations over this, if you have to take the matter further and for example provide the employer with formal notice that you intend on taking legal action for negligence, they could be prompted to reconsider their decision and seek some resolution without having to resort to defending a claim in the courts.
difficult to say what their agenda was in providing this reference but obviously something prompted them to do it. You do not necessarily have to take legal action but the threats of such could change their stance. It is very difficult to say employers do or do not admit such errors - it really varies from one employer to the next, the reasons why this happened, what their intentions were and so on
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks