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Employers beware. It appears plain speaking isn’t always the best policy when it comes to job references.

After all, Glenn County Sheriff Louis Donnelley was as forthright as he could be when he gave a reference:

He said that Philip McQuirk had committed perjury; taken things from co-workers and the sheriff’s property room; and otherwise revealed himself to be less than trustworthy during his 15-year-stint with the rural sheriff’s department.

McQuirk was applying for a job at a small police department in Washington state at the time. In the course of applying, he had signed a form releasing references from liability for “furnishing information” on his work record and reputation.

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