Employer Background Checks on the Uptick

While it is common for potential employers to perform reference checks, employees are now turning the tables.  A recent Chicago Tribune news story indicates that employees are now hiring companies to see if former employers are making any negative remarks about them.  Traditionally, management attorneys advise their corporate clients to only disclose the position that the employee held, dates of employment and salary.  Some companies, however, cannot hold back, and if employees learn this information, they may use it to advance an employment discrimination lawsuit.  At the other end of the tunnel, when we settle employment discrimination claims, our clients often seek a positive letter of reference.  This request is almost universally rejected by the employer.
Categories: Employment Law