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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:24 AM

Can they do this?

I'm working as a contractor for Company B.

Backstory: I was submitted and interviewed for a contracting gig through Company B in July, but heard nothing back. So in September I had took the position with Company A. In October, up pops Company B - offering me a shit-ton of money more, paid vacation and benefits if I took the position they had submitted me for. I had all kinds of bad feelings about doing so - something didn't seem right - but I accepted, gave notice, followed the standard drill and started at Company B. Company A was very gracious and told me if it didn't work out, they would love to have me back.

This job is a disaster. The department is a mess, the position is ill-defined, there is no management and people are bailing like it's the Titanic. I've had ongoing communication with Company B to let them know that I would REALLY like a different assignment. They've been ambivalent.

Last week Company A calls me out of the blue: they have a position they would like to submit my resume for, would I consider coming back? Of course! 2 days later I get a call that the hiring manager would like a phone interview. That goes well, and on Friday they request an in-person interview for today.

First thing this morning, I get an email from Company A saying that the hiring manager is cancelling the interview because he talked to Company B who told him I am 'unstable', a 'job hopper' and 'probably moving out of the area before the year is out'. (ALL LIES!)

Can they DO that? Is there anything I can do so they don't do that everytime I try to leave????

OMFG I am FUMING!!!!!

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Myrina Jan 2013 OP
Earth_First Jan 2013 #1
siligut Jan 2013 #5
Earth_First Jan 2013 #6
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #2
Dash87 Jan 2013 #3
Myrina Jan 2013 #4
siligut Jan 2013 #7
Ricochet21 Jan 2013 #8
Why Syzygy Jan 2013 #9
Myrina Jan 2013 #10
Why Syzygy Jan 2013 #11
magical thyme Jan 2013 #12

Response to Myrina (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:37 AM

1. I was under the impression

that all that a reference check can divulge is dates of employment.

That's it.

Period.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:05 AM

5. Supposedly, but who enforces that?

All sorts of ways around that.

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Response to siligut (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:07 AM

6. Well, yes...

and exactly.

I imagine it would be a lengthy legal process to litigate this situation.

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Response to Myrina (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:40 AM

2. wether they CAN or not has been answered they can cause they did - question is what can you do about

it?

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Response to Myrina (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:41 AM

3. I don't think this is legal, especially if untrue.

Company B are a bunch of scumbags. Company A also has some ethical problems, calling the place that you currently work at, knowing that you still work there.

I wouldn't seek legal advice on a message board, though. A lawyer would be able to help you more than anyone.

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Response to Dash87 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:54 AM

4. I'm not asking for legal advice ...

.... I'm just blown away that Company B had the stones to do what they did, and what can I do (in a rational person's mind) to keep them from doing that when I try to leave in the future? Because I'm obviously not going to stay with this company any longer than I have to, but they've made it pretty obvious that they're going to shitcan any attempt I make to 'escape'.

... and to clarify: Company A called my cell phone, not my Company B desk-phone.

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Response to Myrina (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:07 AM

7. Don't use them as a reference

Or just explain to new company HR that company B is unethical and dishonest and provide proof.

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Response to Myrina (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:13 AM

8. You can sue company b

you should

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Response to Myrina (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:59 PM

9. Company B

Find out who at Company B gave that report to Company A. Face them! Demand that they call Company A (while you're in the room) and TELL THE TRUTH about you! I would tear B a new one.

A more rational approach might be; contact your former supervisor at Company A and tell them the story. They said you would be welcome back! Write an unemotional letter (not email; though you could follow up with one to have an electronic record as well). Write it as if you are telling it in an impartial tone and address it to both companies. Copy to HR and the applicable managers.

Good luck!

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Response to Why Syzygy (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:07 PM

10. I have a call scheduled with the owner of Company B later today ...

... and I am going to tell him that I have the email (which I do) from the interviewer stating what Company B's recruiter told them (the lies, in detail) and that I want them to contact the interviewer and cc: me TELLING THE TRUTH (ie - "we kneecapped her because we want to keep the commission/fees she brings in, not because she's any of those things") and I want an apology and a guarantee that I will get a GOOD reference WHEN (not if) I leave.

I could bury him in emails from that recruiter dating back to last summer - plying me away from Company A, promising me the moon, and my emails to him starting in November stating that this assignment is not a good fit & can I please be re-assigned.

We'll see what happens.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 05:23 PM

11. Go get 'em!

I'll never understand people who back stab, especially on a JOB!? SOB who lied sounds like a poster child for passive aggression.

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Response to Myrina (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:00 AM

12. Your states dept. of labor may have something to say about this behavior

Company B has slandered you. That is illegal, as well as immoral and unethical.

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