Giving References for a Staff Member You Fired
Dismissing an employee from your mobile business is a stressful and challenging task. Unfortunately, the difficulties don’t always end when they’re out the door. Employees, even those you let go, may ask you for references. Here is what to do in those situations:
- Verify information. Check the former employee’s file before giving a reference to ensure that you state just the facts.
- Keep it short. Whether you’re writing a reference letter or providing a phone reference, limit the amount of information you offer. This will reduce your chances of saying anything that could be perceived as defamatory.
- Keep it factual. Limit your responses to factual information: dates of employment, title, salary/hourly wage, and other objective data.