Employee rights and advice
in Employment, jobseeking & training
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Unfortunately, I am going through a grievance at work. ACAS have been involved and issued a certificate as the employer didn’t respond. The grievance is around discrimination against my disability. It’s been awful and I just want to leave to another job. So I sought a reference from my old manager who left the company I worked for now. Only to find out they can only give me a reference for a job that is not a public service and is private as they are aware of the escalating issues. So the ppl involved has shared information outside of the company. Is this against data protection? Any advice would be appreciated.
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You will have to ask them if a reference from a former manager who, has now left the company, will be acceptable or not. Whilst some companies will show flexibility if you explains the circumstances, others won't.
All my company references have been written by someone who doesn't know me. It's not unusual. Mainly just includes dates.
The idea that you cannot give a "bad" reference is a complete myth! A person giving a reference owes an equal duty to both parties to be honest.
With a very few exceptions, in certain regulated professions, nobody is obliged to provide a reference.
In my current and previous company (both private) , all requests for employer references would be passed to HR who would just supply the basics.
The rights and wrongs of your grievance and the delay in providing reasonable adjustments are not really relevant to a job application. To be honest I wouldn't mention the issues to your prospective employer unless you have to.