Some states have passed laws making it tough to sue anyone for libel/slander on an employment inquiry. That’s a good thing. After all, if you had someone you were thinking of hiring wouldn’t you want to know if they sucked at their last/current position?
But most companies will only give dates worked and eligibility for rehire. But they are not even required to do that.
In the field I am in (LEO) candidates have to sign an affidavit allowing previous or current employers to open their files, show everything, training standards documentation, and have supervisors talk about their performance, attendance and such. Don’t sign the affidavit and your perspective employer will drop you from consideration.
Quite recently this has bitten 2 people I know in the ass.
One of our part-time officers was up for a full-time position with another agency. Our department gave her a terrible review so she didn’t get the full-time gig. She got so pissed she stormed into the Chiefs office and screamed “If I’m so lousy why have I been employed here for the last 5 years!?!” and slammed down her letter of resignation and walked out. This all happened in the last 3 weeks.
About 6 months ago one of our full-time guys was looking to take a full-time position with another agency. He had already been employed by that agency part-time for about 5 years. Even though he already worked there, he still had to go through the entire hiring process just like anyone else per their civil service rules. Weird, huh? So when they came to us we gave him a bad review. Not only did he not get that agencies full-time job, they FIRED him from the part-time job he had there.:eek: Part-timers are not covered by the union, are LTE employees, and have no recourse over this. Now he has to continue working here knowing the brass hates him.