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Employer's unfavourable reference 'qualified privilege,' court rules

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 12:41 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice sided with an employer in a defamation case brought forward by a former employee over an unfavourable reference check. The court ruled the reference check fell “within the range of qualified privilege” and that the defendants acted without malice.

Gurlal KlerIn Papp v. Stokes et al. 2017 ONSC 2357, the court heard that the plaintiff, Adam Papp, “behaved like an intellectual snob” and although his technical abilities were good, “his work ethic was poor” and he “made inappropriate comments demonstrating...