How do I go about proving defamation of character or a former employer giving me a bad reference? I had a job and when I was 7 months pregnant my employer told me I needed to stop working because of my pregnancy when there was no medical reason stopping me from working, I was healthy. I contacted a lawyer to learn of my rights and stood up to my boss. ( I never filed a lawsuit) She let me work until my due date and when I wanted to go back to work I was told my position was no longer there ( I still didnt sue) I have a feeling she is giving me a bad reference since I havent been able to find a job in a year but I dont know how to prove it! How do I go about this?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 6:24 PM on Sep. 21, 2009 in Money & Work
Answer by Bjoycassell at 6:28 PM on Sep. 21, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Sep. 21, 2009
Answer by Emberbaby at 6:38 PM on Sep. 21, 2009
You can file a Federal complaint: www.EEOC.gov
Answer by rkoloms at 7:42 PM on Sep. 21, 2009
Answer by fluud7 at 4:18 AM on Sep. 22, 2009
Answer by halfpint_ny at 7:26 AM on Sep. 22, 2009
If you want to know what kind of reference you are getting have a friend call and pretend to be a prospective employer checking your references. Make sure that the conversation is recorded and make sure that the caller ID doesn't give your friend away. Double check the law on recording conversations first. You may not be able to sue, but at least when you apply to that next job you can just let them that you left your previous employer under less than stellar circumstances and that their reference is irrelevant. Employers don't expect empolyees to be perfect, but they don't like surprises either.
Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 AM on Sep. 22, 2009
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