Good Job References is Critical to Getting Hired
Tips on approaching a
former employer to serve as a reference when applying for a job.
We are often asked, "Isn't it against the law for a
former employer to give a bad reference?" Well, even it was true, How
many people get caught speeding or going through stop signs every day.
You can't count on the myth of such a law to protect you. The truth is,
not many states have laws that protect employees from getting a bad
reference. It is illegal for a former employer, fellow employee or
subordinate to purposefully give false or unproven information for the
sole purpose of harming your reputation or from finding a job. Some
companies fearing potential defamation, slander, retaliation or
discrimination law suites have become careful when answering employment
reference questions. They will either speak in "code" by changing the
pitch of their voice instead of speaking negatively about a former
employee, some will quickly refer to Human Resources when asked critical
employment questions regarding performance, termination, and eligibility
for rehire. Some think they are slick by saying things like, " I am
sorry, but we have reached a settlement that does not allow me to
comment about their employment." That statement could be the kiss of
death when it comes to finding a job. "Code Speak" is even more harmful
to the employee as a bad reference. Potential employers can have vivid
imaginations when they hear snip its from your old boss. When a
prospective employer has to choose between two qualified applicants -
one with positive references and the other with mediocre or bad
references it becomes obvious as to who gets a job offer. We work with
lawyers that have successfully argued that an employer discriminated
against an employee by not following their own internal reference
A positive CheckMyReference.com reference report
can help set you apart from other candidates. Take your positive
reference report with you on an interview. Call
CheckMyReference.com at 1-877-835-3551 for more information.
Defamation is a statement that gives a negative impression of a person,
company, group, product, government, or country. The statement is made
as though it were true, when in fact, it is false. Defamation can be
slander, which is made with spoken words, sounds, sign language, or
gestures. Defamation in any other form, like in printed words or
pictures, is libel. To be considered defamation, the claim has to be
false, it has to be made as if it were true, and it has to have been
communicated to people other than the entity being defamed.
If you believe you have been the victim of defamation, you can get
justice by bringing a civil suit. However, you will have to prove that
the statement made was false; prove that the statement did damage to
you; and show that the statement was made without sufficient research to
know whether it was true or not.
There are also four types of defamation called "defamation per se,"
which means that the defamation is a given and it's not necessary to
provide proof of damage. Defamation per se is when someone falsely
claims you have a foul disease (such as a serious and highly contagious
one, like an STD), when someone falsly claims you are guilty of sexual
misconduct, when someone falsely states that you have committed a crime,
or when someone says that you are not fit to run a business. In these
cases of defamation per se, the only proof needed is that the statement
was made. When the defamation is a statement made against public
figures, like members of the government, officers of large corporations,
or performing artists, additional proof is needed for a successful
lawsuit. The defamed person must prove that the statement was made with
"actual malice" and with disregard for the truth. In other words, the
person who defamed must have done so with the intention of doing harm
and/or with a reckless disregard for the truth.
Bad Reference Motivational Factors
Even though some companies have policies that only
allow title, dates of employment and eligibility for rehire to be
discussed, many people break the rules everyday giving bad
references. We know that many former employers give bad references
despite company policies. Human emotions can prevail when providing
a job reference by an emotional former employer. Emotions could play
a role in a bad reference from, jealousy, anger that you left,
philosophical differences, discrimination, retaliation or harassment
could all be motivational factors by an old boss.
When you want to know what your old boss is
saying, CheckMyReference.com will tell you.
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