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I have a question, Can an ex employer be contacted if I do

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I have a question, Can an ex employer be contacted if I do not give permission to the current perspective employer to contact them during the background check? The reason I ask is because is their HR department has a history of fumbling and giving too much information which has cost people future jobs. Please note this is not a current employer.

Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Under CA law, your permission---written or otherwise---is not required for a prospective employer to contact a former employer and inquire as to your history with that company. And so long as that former employer does not provide and false facts about your employment history, there is little about your history that they cannot share---save for personal information such as medical history.

If you have reason to believe that your prospective employer will be contacting a former employer, you should contact HR at that employer and ask that they specifically only provide salary and dates of employment if contacted. You can also suggest that if false information is given that results in you losing the job, that you will consult with an attorney with regard to a Defamation suit.

Aside from that, there is nothing more that can be done to prevent the dissemination of information. I'm sorry.

You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.

I wish you the best in your future,


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX experience if you check the box "Do not contact Current employer", can they still do it?

Good morning,

Checking the box not to contact the employer may well result in the prospective employer abiding by your request---however it does not make doing otherwise, against your wishes, somehow illegal. And in my experience, it creates more problems than it cures---because any employer will want to know what it is that is trying to be hidden from them. Checking the box is the equivalent of raising a red flag to a prospective employer and their HR department.

I would only do that if you were certain that information most certainly to be provided would result in you not getting the position---and then I'd be fully prepared to explain your choice to check the box in any interview that you might have for a position.

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