Can my past employer contact my new employer to talk bad about me?

Asked on January 9, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Employers can call and discuss your performance.  Many employers try to do this in advance via a background check.  However, many former employers decline to make comments because they do not want to face a potential lawsuit for libel, defamation, or interference with an employment agreement.  So... the bottom line to your question is that "yes", your past employer can talk to your new employer--- but if he lies in that conversation or if he makes statements so as to interference with your new employment, you could have a potential cause of action against your former employer.


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