Q. What can or can’t we say about a lousy former employee?
A. Employers may not prevent or attempt to prevent—either verbally or in writing—discharged employees from obtaining new employment. North Carolina’s “blacklisting” law, however, does not prohibit an employer from furnishing to others a truthful statement as to the reason for a former employee’s discharge.
Regardless of this caveat regarding truthful statements, it is a good business practice to allow only designated members of the team to handle references and other communications about former employees.
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