Employers often worry when they respond to requests for an employee reference. They assume if they aren’t upbeat and positive, they may end up liable if the employee doesn’t get the job. Fortunately, that’s seldom a worry if you are honest, aren’t out to “get” the employee and never volunteer any information without first being asked.
Consider, for example, the North Carolina law that “prohibits a former employer from “prevent[ing] or attempt[ing] to prevent, by word or writing of any kind, [a] discharged employee from obtaining employment with any other person, company or corporation.” (N.C. Gen. Stat. §14-355) Employers that violate the statute are guilty of a misdemeanor and “liable in penal damages” in a civil action.
That certainly sounds scary and might be enough to dissuade some employers from providing any reference, much less a negative one.
Don’t worry. The law does not prohibit employers from providing “a truthf...(register to read more)