Post # 1
I’m a little worried about an application i recently filled out because it asked for my permission to get employment history from my previous jobs.
Here is the issue:
After I put my two weeks in at my last job, the director wrote me up for doing some really awful things that were all completely untrue. I did quit on bad terms, but was respectful. However, she did this out of anger.
The write up did not go into much detail. However, the computer system she used to write it on clearly had infractions already written, and it appeared she selected all of them. She wrote me up for about 20 different things.
Will future employers get this information? Or will they simply just verify that I worked there?
If future employers will be able to see this as part of a background check, I am prepared to take legal action against this employer.
Does anyone have any experience with something like this?
Post # 2
Also, I should add that I do have screenshots of emails of this director bring verbally abusive and highly emotional. However, she no longer works for that company.
Should I have a lawyer write a letter to the company asking for them to delete this write up from my file to avoid legal action?
Post # 3
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
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.
Post # 5
unfortunately i kind of do have to keep this job on my resume. It was my first job out of college and I was there for 2 years. The job is in my field of study.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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 # 11
Thanks for making me feel better, bees! I may still consult an attorney just to see how much it would cost to have a letter sent to the company. I was also forced to work in conditions that are against policy. I feel I have a lot of leverage here so I would hope they would be scared into just deleting the false accusations on my file.
Post # 12
Yes, with my company we can only give out basic info such as confirming past employment, time worked, etc. No details aside from that.