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You can ask them, but unless there is a written agreement between the two of you then the law pretty much dictates what they are allowed to disclose. These days, it isn't much because there have been so many lawsuits from employees who feel their reputations were damaged.

AnswerI only provide the information for the Human Resources department on my application and not the name of my supervisor. Despite the laws, there are too many non verbal ways the supervisor can affect the answers, so this avoids that situation altogether.

Also, if there was a co-worker who you feel respected your work, ask them if you can use them as a personal reference and put it in that section.

AnswerA prospective employer is likely to conduct an employment background check . The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) defines a background check as a consumer report. The report can vary from just checking a social security number to an in-depth investigation of education, work, criminal, credit, social and lifestyle history, including your job references. Any details that a previous employer may not give that have some sort of legal implication will come up in this background check. The employer does require the applicant's permission in writing to do the check.


The only information that an employer can legally give out when asked for verification is how long you have worked there, and how much you made, i.e $/hr or salary. However, this is dependent entirely upon the mannerisms of your employer, as most verifications are made by phone.

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