To deal with employers' reluctance to provide information about former employees, a number of states have enacted laws “immunizing” employers against employee claims over such disclosures. The immunity laws generally provide protection from claims by former employees for defamation of character.
Georgia is among the states that have enacted reference immunity laws. Under Georgia law (Ga. Code § 34-1-4), employers and their authorized designees are immune from liability when they, in good faith, make factual disclosures at the request of a current or former employee, or any prospective new employer, about:
• Any act of the employee which would be a violation of state law
• The employee's ability or ...