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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Cautionary tale on references 

A story from today's news about a woman suing over the reference she was given for a b-school application. I do rather wonder about the logic of asking for a reference from a company you succesfully sued for sexual discrimination.

Edited to add: Another story on this, from Bloomberg, here. The fact that the reference was part of the settlement on the original sex discrimination case gives a degree of explanation. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out, as not only is there the question of perception as to what makes for a fair reference, but also the fact that as no applications were actually submitted it's presumably somewhat hypothetical as to what the outcome of using this reference, or not providing a reference from that employer, would have been.

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