An associate in a Boston law firm claimed that his former employer had unlawfully retaliated against him by not giving him letters of recommendation he wanted after he filed a complaint of racial discrimination against his employer. His employer successfully defended the claim through trial and appeal after the court refused to grant the employer summary judgment on that claim.
The suggestion though that you have to give good letters of recommendation to every former employee who demands them is, itself, disturbing. However, what makes this case particularly disturbing is the fact that the employer had given the associate 6 months within which to find another job during which he maintained his office and received all of his salary and benefits before he filed his complaint with the EEOC. The story in the ABA Journal with a link to the First Circuit’s appellate decision is here.