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Is your former employer ruining your chances for a new job?

Imagine working for the same company for years. You very rarely took a sick day, and your vacation time was almost untouched. You followed the rules and performed your duties to the utmost of your abilities. You always expected the company to show you the same loyalty that you had shown it over the years.

Everything changed when you noticed some very severe safety violations. You reported the situation to your manager and by the end of the day you were cleaning out your locker. Your supervisor had notified you at the end of your shift that you were fired.

Now, after months of searching for new employment, you are wondering why you keep getting rejections from hiring managers. You have years of experience, your work record is impeccable, so there should be no reason why you are having problems finding a new job.

Thinking back, you are now wondering if you lost your job because you filed a complaint about safety violations. You are also wondering if your old boss is giving potential employers bad references. You always thought that doing such a thing was illegal, but now you are not entirely certain.

Federal laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for committing protected acts. One of those acts is reporting safety issues that violate government regulations. If you have been fired or retaliated against in some other way for reporting an illegal act or violation that occurred in the workplace, it is important to remember that you still have rights and options. An experienced attorney in the Charleston area can help you fight back against workplace retaliation. Read further to find out more about illegal references from prior employers.

References must be truthful

In most circumstances, employers can provide truthful information in a reference, even it is bad. As long as the assessment of your job performance is not false, then your former employer can pass the information to other companies that may be checking your references. However, if the reference consists of untrue information that costs you an employment opportunity, your former boss could be violating defamation laws.

Falsified references

In many cases, people looking for a job could lose out on opportunities due to a bad reference. If you find that you are completing successful interviews and meeting all qualifications but your potential employer stops contacting you, then it could be because of a bad reference. If you can prove that the information your former employer is providing is false, then you may be able to pursue damages in a defamation claim. However, doing this can be very difficult.

If you have experienced retaliation in the workplace, you may be able to file a claim for any losses you have suffered.

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