Employers have become really picky these days — they check background, seek information from your previous employer, ex-colleagues and what not. In such a case, references become really crucial to one’s profile.
An Indian-origin man in Singapore got 4 million Singaporean dollars, which equals to INR 18,79,65,222 after he sued his previous organization for defaming him.
Ramesh Krishnan accused AXA Life Insurance Singapore of writing a defaming letter while providing references on his work performance.
Ramesh was one of their best employees and the organization did not want him to leave. They even persuaded him not to go, but he left anyway. When his following employer sought a reference, AXA lied about his work and wrote a defaming reference.
They wrote, “He showed a very poor 13th-month persistency rate” — meaning that many of his clients did not stick with their policies — and “we are very concerned as to whether the clients have been provided with the proper advice”.
Ramesh initially sought 63 million Singaporean dollars, but the case was settled for 2.9 million. The court ruled out in favour of Ramesh and said that AXA breached its duty, giving an impression that Ramesh wasn’t competent for the profile.