Can I be blacklisted by a former employer?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2021 | Employment Law

You may have discovered that, on some occasions, the best part of a job is leaving it. Despite your best efforts, there may have been a conflict between you and your employer or you had requirements to perform duties you found unacceptable.

Often, you do not have the opportunity to secure new employment before you leave an unsuitable job. Occasionally, some find that their former employer is still haunting them, either by extremely negative job reviews or by blacklisting them with potential new employers. You may wonder if this is legal in Georgia and if you have any recourse.

What is a former employer allowed to say about you?

If your previous position ended acrimoniously, you probably prefer your former supervisor not to say anything at all about you. The reality is, beyond simply being fair to former workers, employers are bound by certain legal restraints in comments they may make. There are certain facts that former employers may relate:

  • They may describe your former job duties and salary
  • They may list your vacation days and other time off as well as absenteeism and tardiness
  • They may mention disciplinary action in your work history
  • They may indicate whether you resigned voluntarily

What actions by former supervisors are not legal?

Former employers may not say anything about you that is untrue or which they cannot substantiate. In general, there are prohibitions against intentionally blacklisting former employees with other potential employers, which may open the former employer to legal action.

Moving from one job to another can be a tremendous relief, provided you do not have to deal with unfair retribution.