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Hi, I was recently terminated from my last professional

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I was recently terminated from my last professional job for reasons other than performance, my question is how can I legally avoid my potential employes finding out about it through background check?

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Was the reason you were terminated for a criminal reason? Were there criminal charges, an arrest and fingerprints in this matter, if that is case?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No it was actually very stupid, I told a potential candidate for a job I had open not to contact HR, until I find out why she wasn't hired


Welcome and thank you for your question

Thank you.

Unless you were terminated because of a crime where your fingerprints were taken, there will be no record of such employment termination on your background check.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

my question is I am in the final process of securing a new position. I am sure they will do a background check on me. If they call my last employer I am afraid they will ask if I was terminated. Can I state that they can not contact them?


I see. Thank you for that clarification

You may request they do not contact your prior employer. I suggest you can state that there were differences that you could not come to terms on and that there was a mutual parting of the ways but you are concerned that you do not know what they will say

Keep in mind, that when your former employer is contacted, they are only supposed to verify information such as dates of employment, if you were an employee who arrived on time - those sorts of things. The employer should not be volunteering any information to another potential employer.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

This makes sense, but if the background check company asked if I was terminated they can say I was, correct? That is what I am afraid of.


The background company can ask - why you left. That is correct.
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