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Ex-employer likely to give me negative and misleading reference - what are my options?
in Employment, jobseeking & training
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In my opinion any contact with ex-employer looking to manage the reference they may give is likely to end badly
Can't see that you've answered whether the roles are in the same industry but be aware that references are not always in writing - especially when people know each other and conversations happen
I would be very careful about trying to dictate what they can and cannot say. Broadly they can say anything that is true and not intended to mislead. If you are going to approach them I would do it via your solicitor
I'm sure others will have experience of the specific industry and how they approach non-response to reference requests but I can't see them accepting a cleaning job from years ago as a suitable replacement for the last role.
I'm in a different industry but have been subject to repeated requests for references to our HR dept - even getting to the point of follow-up phone calls direct to me as previous line-manager (which are just diverted back to HR)
In retrospect it was because the employee was very difficult to manage, and they preferred to avoid having that conversation.
Just putting that out there, because if that basic reference isn’t the norm (and it tends not to be in care) then in the absence of any other information people may make their own assumptions.
I’m not saying that is the case for you, but you do need to have it in your radar.
Assuming I am correct and they simply ignore any reference request, that is completely unactionable.