Similar questions have been asked her before about dealing with recommendations for someone you don't feel comfortable recommending, but I'm in a bit of a unique situation. You'll have to forgive me if this question gets a bit out of scope. It's hard for me to gauge what details are important.
This person currently works with me and I believe it'd be great for myself and this company if this person was gone. They are lazy (much beyond what is normal), moody (I legitimately believe they have a personality disorder), will find any opportunity to say something isn't their problem, take little pride in most of what they do, etc. I've worked with this person closely through two different employers and could go on forever.
I've never had such an unpleasant time working with someone. Asking this person to do more work, be nicer, etc is out of the question. Everything is a point of pride and things would only be worse (I know. I've tried). Here are my options and the problems I see with each.
1. Make this a management/HR issue.
We're a two-man department. As far as management is concerned our work is getting done and getting done well. Of course this is almost entirely me. They're aware of personality issues but have no idea to what extent this is a problem (admittedly this is mostly just a problem for me and I can deal with it but I'd rather not).
I also have a track record of handling my problems internally and there's something personally objectionable about going to management. Not to mention if he didn't get fired on the spot (which I couldn't imagine he would. Very corporate environment with behavior improvement plans and what not) it would make my job even harder. I share an office with this person and what work gets done and how and when is handled by the both of us.
2. Recommend my coworker.
To me this seems unconscionable. After working with this person under two different employers where he had very different job responsibilities and environments I am convinced their problem stems from some deep part of their personality. I can only imagine this person being successful in some sort of job where he does not interact with others and he has strict, tangible deadlines.
3. Don't recommend my coworker.
The big problem here is I want this person to find another job. A world with another person in this two-man department who cared about the people and the work like I do would be a dream. My quality of life would be hugely improved and life for everyone else here would see small benefits too (mainly just not having to deal with my coworker). Unfortunately I don't see them getting the job with them contacting me and then I say that I do not feel like a good person to give the recommendation.
Asking him not to put me down as a reference is also out of the question due to the personality issues mentioned above.