(Closed) How much info can previous employers give out?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

If you’re using a job where you left on bad terms, I would suggest directing potential employers to HR or the head office of that company instead of the person you left on bad terms with. 

If you signed something or gave them permission to get your previous employment information they can ask for the entire employment file as you’ve given them permission. 

If it’s a job you don’t have to use, I wouldn’t. 

Post # 4
1097 posts
Bumble bee

As an in-house employment attorney, I would have to say “it depends.”  Many states (if you are in the US) now have what are known as anti-blacklist or anti-blackball statutes which make it very dicey for employers to give information beyond just the basics (job title, how long the person worked there, etc.).

My company does not give any information beyond what is mentioned above, including any details about the person’s separation from the company to avoid running afoul of the statute.  Most other companies do the same – only provide verification that the person worked there, for how long and in what capacity.  

Good luck!

Post # 6
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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emsie :  I can only speak for companies I’ve worked for (and my husband too, actually), but they’re not allowed to say ANYTHING except whether you worked there or not, and if you did, what the dates of employment were.  We aren’t allowed to even answer those questions regarding employees – we had to forward everything to HR.

Now as for smaller companies that might not have those policies?  No idea.  I suppose it’s possible this director might badmouth you to someone who calls looking for info.  I assume you’re not using her as a reference, so if there’s an HR dept., a future employer would talk to them, not her.

Post # 7
6377 posts
Bee Keeper

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emsie :  I would be aware about it for the future jobs, I had a situation like this and it was messy.  But I got another job and no mention of the previous job was even mentioned.  Because the previous reprimand was false and untrue and the person who tried to file it was found to be untrue and accusatory and had a long file against her.

Post # 8
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Most employers will only give out basic information as a way to avoid legal action.  Usually they will verify that you worked there and the dates and then answer if you are considered rehirable or not.  I don’t think they would give out detailed information about your performance, but they may say that you are non-rehireable.  You can call HR and ask your status (rehireable or non-rehireable).

Post # 9
289 posts
Helper bee

When I got my job with my current employer, I had to sign authorization for them to complete a background check on me. I asked for a copy of it and saw that my employment history only pulled up my job title, place of employment, how long I was employed, and my salary. There weren’t any other details.

Post # 10
9878 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My employer is only allowed to give out dates of employment/position. That’s it. I’m not sure if that’s a company policy or a state one though.

Post # 12
1047 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, with my company we can only give out basic info such as confirming past employment, time worked, etc. No details aside from that. 

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