Can an employer see that I have been fired from a previous job when they do an employment history check or a background check?

What about even if I don’t put any information for that job down on my employment history, can they still find out that I worked there?

Asked on March 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is no central clearning house for this sort of information--it's not like credit data, which is reported to and maintained by a few big companies, such as Experian. Therefore, it is unlikely that a prospective employer will find out about previous employment, or why you left it.

However, don't underestimate the power and reach of the web. A prospective employer can do a web search; if there is any trace, record, etc. on the web of your employment, it may come up.

Also, don't underestimate the power of networking: if the prospective employer knows anyone at, or anyone who themselves know anyone at, the old job, they may find out the facts.

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