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Firstly no one should be misleading in a reference and where they are you have a claim against them. If you think the statements made in the reference are untrue and believe that it then unfairly harmed your future work prospects you may be able to sue for ‘negligent misstatement’. To do so, you must show that:
I would get a solicitor to write to them formally and put them on notice that you intend to take legal action in this regard. Happy to discuss further and please rate positive.
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