What can I do if my previous employer contacted new employer unsolicited and told them that I was fired?

My previous employer terminated me and reasoned it

Asked on April 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As long as they 1) did not lie (since if they lied--made an untrue factual statement--it may have been defamation) and 2) did not violate any confidentiality agreement or provision (such as might be found in a separation and release, or severance, agreement, if you had one) barring them from disclosing this, it was legal. People and businesses may voluntarily contact others, including your new employer, to share opinions or true factual information except when prohibited by a contract or agreement.

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