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You may try to find out what was said.
Legally, the supervisor cannot seek to defame you
It cannot slander or tortiously interfere with your opportunities
so you have such claims IF that happened
but for now I would try to gently find out what was said
engage in information gathering and then circle back to assess.
I know what was said
were you slandered?
have you been denied the job?
She told the supervisor that I was leaving because of my boss when I had never even mentioned that during my interview. TThis was supposed to be confidential between my supervisor and I
Have you been harmed as a result?
is the position still open?
The potential employer asked to meet with me asking me more questions regarding what my supervisor had said. I have not been offered anything yet but the conversation ended with, well even if you dont get the job, we could always chat.
For now, you have I assume cleared up with the new employer what was said
you may admonish the former one about the breach
I do not see a lawsuit as a good idea right now given cost and given difficulty of proving that but for what was said you would have gotten the job
and that everything that was said was false or guaranteed confidential
absent a contract or manual, it may be assumed confidential, but courts dont afford it such confidentiality if true
The company has a policy for directing all reference checks to HR. Can I direct this to HR?
Yes, you can
and it may well reprimand this supervisor for violating it.
I would take such internal steps
which is more effective and without cost to you
I wish you the best!
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