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Legally your previous employer cannot give a negative feedback to a potential new employer. All they can do is verify employment, dates of employment, and the position held by the employee.

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Q: What can you do if you expect an old employer will give a negative reference?
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What can you do if you expect n old employer to give a negative reference?

u just come down and tell him that he had a good point


Can a former employer give a bad reference?

Yes, they can. Former employees can give a bad reference if they find it necessary.


At what point is it appropriate to give a person's name to an employer as a job reference?

Only after the person has agree'd to be your reference.


At what point is it appropriate to give a person's name to an employer as a job reference?

Only after the person has agree'd to be your reference.


What point is it appropriate to give a person's name to an employer as a job reference?

Only after the person has agree'd to be your reference.


Can an employer say no to rehire reference check due to prior employee's use of an attorney and signed settlement?

An employer can refuse to give a reference for any reason.


Past employer gave bad reference due to attendance issues. Is this ok for them to have done this. What can a person do to lessen the negative effects a less than perfect attendance?

They can give any reference they see fit. All you can do is find someone willing to give you a chance and prove them wrong. Or find someone else you know will give you a better reference.


Why wouldn't an employer give a reference for an employee searching for a new job?

Initiate a conversation with the employer to discuss any concerns


Can legal action be taken against the employer that gives a bad reference?

The only things that a previous employer can say are #1- if you are re-hirable and #2 - what dates you were employed there. The problem is that in order to take legal action you have to be able to 100% PROVE that the previous employer said more than that. An employer can give a negative reference for a former employee if they wish to, but they are not required to. The employer may be exposed to liability, or at least to the expense and distraction of a lawsuit, if it gives such a reference. The former employee may allege that the information provided was false or misleading. The burden of proof would be on the employee to prove what the employer said and how it was defamatory. Truth is a defense to the employer. For this reason, many employers have policies prohibiting giving any reference, positive or negative, and will only confirm the dates of your employment and last title. Some employers may disclose if you are re-hirable, but a non-answer or negative answer to this question could again expose the employer to claims.


Is it illegal in BC Canada for an ex employer to give a bad reference?

Not at all, if the former employer was disatisfied they have every right to inform future employer, if asked.


Can an employer force you to resigned as a better choice so he will give you a good reference if not he will give you a bad reference?

Absolutely. Sounds like he is planning to fire you anyway.


What should you not do when asking someone to write a letter of reference for a specific employer?

Give your reference only one day to write the letter.

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