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Thank you for the information and your question. I am unclear what you mean by "unsubstantiated" information so please feel free to clarify that if you think it might help after you receive this answer, but I can still address what the law says about what former employers can provide to prospective employers by way of information.
In Colorado, there is a statute that gives employers qualified immunity in the case of providing employment information to prospective employers. The only exception to the immunity from suit is if the information provided is false and the employer knew, or reasonably should have known, that the information was false. So, that is the standard that the courts would look at to say whether or not the employer can be sued for defamation of character. You can see the statute I am referring to that the following link: http://www.lpdirect.net/casb/crs_old/8-2-114.html
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