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Leslie

Has a former employer ever exacted revenge? Oh, yes!

I worked at the home offices of a huge multi-national construction company, as did my (then) husband. My boss's daughter got out of college, came to work at the company, and became my husband's assistant... And girlfriend. Hubby and I get divorced, he & girlfriend move away, and I get to bear the brunt of daddy's anger & embarrassment. He makes it impossible for me to do my job and fires me for not being able to do it.

...And I'm out of work for TWO YEARS. I get callbacks on applications, do interviews, and then -- nothing. One day a friend has an idea: she calls up my boss pretending to be following-up on my references with an application for a job similar to but not as technical as my old one. And in this dubious tone of voice, he says, "Well, I _guess_ she'd be OK at that..." Turns out he's been sabotaging my job applications!

So I go to his boss, explain what's been happening and ask if I can use him as a reference instead, and I'm employed in 2 months!

LadyBelle

Wonder if you are from the same hometown I am. My ex worked in a pizza place just like that when it first opened. Then "head chef" quit by throwing a knife at the owner. Luigi, think that was owner, then walked out and caught the girl he had as a busser announcing she was now the head chef and she had better figure out how to cook.

Sales Agent Guy

I would seriously think that there's something wrong with a boss deliberately attempting to sabotage a person's attempt to get a job.

NC Tony

Looks like Thrognar's gonna be putting in some overtime.

Xmerican

order 50 pizzas to your exbfs house from his resturant. fuck em both.

Skittles

I don't know if it's still relevant but Leslie you can and should sue the former boss for doing that.

AlwaysBeNiceToTechSupport

my sister had been working as a lab tech assistance for a blind chemist when she was in her final year of college. she started applying for places, with her graduation coming up that spring.

apparently she didn't tell her employer, the chemist, that she was going to be looking for a new job. one of the places she applied to gently reminded her to 'double check with references before listing them', as this guy apparently lost it when the prospective employer was calling to check up on her.

as for calling places of previous employment, the prospective employer (or hr person or staffing agency) should ONLY be asking for dates of employment, and MAYBE the reason for them leaving...but should NEVER try asking about job qualifications or black marks during their employment there.

and if the previous employer starts giving ANY negative feedback and/or attitude, then the prospective employer should be smart enough to realize it's likely retaliation.

ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS FROM YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYER TO A PROSPECTIVE FUTURE EMPLOYER IS EXTREMELY ILLEGAL, unless you put them down as a reference.

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