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In a recently reported case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has highlighted the importance of thinking carefully when issuing references for employees. In this article, we look at your legal rights and obligations when giving a reference, and how to minimise the risks of legal action. In this case, the claimant was successful in her claim that she had been victimised, in breach of sex discrimination legislation, after an unfavourable reference from her previous employer resulted in the withdrawal of a job offer, and the Tribunal even extended to the new employer who withdrew the job offer. She was awarded compensation