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Yes, you may make a claim against your former employer for making a false reference negligently.
You would have a better chance of success if you instruct a solicitor.
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As a general rule, damages are normally concerned to put you back in the position you would have been if the wrong had not been committed and the loss may be direct, loss of salary etc. as well as indirect, injury to feelings etc.
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