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Cease & Desist: Your Weapon Against Negative Job References

Letters Can Put A Stop To Career-Damaging Feedback

DETROIT, MI (November 9, 2010) – Consider this scenario: You've gotten confirmation - perhaps through a reference-checking firm like - that a key reference is saying negative things about your employment history with them. Worse still, this reference is not one that can be easily excluded from consideration by a prospective new employer. How do you stop that reference from continuing to damage your prospects for future employment?

One possibility is to serve notice to that reference - via a “Cease & Desist Letter” - that their continued negative comments may ultimately result in their (or their employer) being summoned to a court appearance. Few references will relish the prospect of their own boss, or their corporate management, receiving such a letter which will invariably reflect poorly on them, the reference. Rather than risk this alternative, the reference may well decide that it is in their own best interest to “cease and desist” offering any continued negative references about the former employee.

Given this scenario, how do you find legal counsel familiar with issuing cease-and-desist letters? One option is to contact Allison & Taylor (, the same company well known for its reference and background-checking services.

The company works with attorneys well-versed in employment law who will review a report from a negative reference and report back to the job seeker on their possible legal options. Following the review (fee is $150 & includes a secondary reference check after issuance of the letter) the attorney spells out possible “next steps” and the legal fees associated with each. While there are no assurances that legal action is feasible or guaranteed, Allison & Taylor notes that over half of all the job references they conduct receive negative feedback, and that the input from many of these warrants careful legal assessment.

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About Allison & Taylor:

Allison & Taylor, Inc. and its principals have been in the business of checking references for corporations and individuals since 1984. Allison & Taylor, Inc. is headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and procedures please visit

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