Originally Posted by Nords
If queried by the boss I'd further amplify my diplomatic opinion by saying "I can confirm that she's been my friend since 19xx and has performed satisfactorily at that task. Please refer all subsequent questions to our HR and legal departments."
Reminds me of tenant history checks. You don't want to talk to their current landlord-- you want to talk to one of their landlords who hopes he never has to deal with them again.
That is so funny, Nords! I've given glowing recommendations for people that I hoped to be forever out of my hair. Sure, she was a hard worker, you bet, wish we weren't downsizing or we'd have held on to her.