Kim E. Rinehart

Wiggin and Dana Wins Key Ruling Before Connecticut Supreme Court Unanimous Decision Adopts Qualified Privilege for Employee References

September 17, 2007

In a case of first impression, the Connecticut Supreme Court today recognized a qualified privilege for employer references.  Where an employee consents to a reference check and later sues the employer for defamation based on the employer's provision of the reference information, the employer cannot be held liable unless it made the statements with malice or improper motive.  Wiggin and Dana LLP represented the employer, the University of New Haven, in this case.