Are previous employers allowed to blacken your reputation when approached by a new employer for references?

Answer Not in the Uk, it is illegal. However they can refuse to supply a reference for you which would make your new employer suspicious.

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I suggest you read the case law that is TSB v Harris. You can find it with your search engine of choice!Your example reminds me of this.

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