No obligation to provide glowing reference letter

B.C. court rejects notion that employers have a responsibility to give a positive reference
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A good reference is invaluable in finding alternate employment. But for a host of reasons, there is usually nothing to compel an employer to provide a glowing reference, the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled.

In February, 2004 Kent Ashby was hired by EPI Environmental Products Inc. as its chief legal officer.

Ashby became a member of the senior management team and was the second highest paid executive in the company. He reported directly to the company's chief executive officer, Mr. Gho.