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Be a responsible reference.

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This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Your problem employee has finally left. But shortly after his departure, you receive a call for a reference. Can you give an honest assessment?

It's dicey. Negative information you give could be fodder for a defamation suit. But all employers have an obligation to check the backgrounds of potential hires.

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