WITHOUT my consent can my new employer ask previous job'sHR for reference?

Is it legal for a new or prospective employer to ask my previous job’s HR for reference WITHOUT my CONSENT? Without my consent, is it legal for my previous job’s HR to give a reference? Any help/advice would be appreciated!

Asked By: Ww W - 3/4/2009
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Yes they can. If there is anyone you do not want them to contact then tell them but you better have a good reason.
Answered By: awphotog - 3/4/2009
Additional Answers (3)
Yes it is perfectly legal, however your previous employer cannot give a derogatory reference, but they can refuse.
Answered By: Stig Bubblecard - 3/4/2009
Yes, it is. But the previous job should only give a negative review of your employment if they can back up the comments that they make. They aren't supposed to just randomly say negative things about you.
Answered By: AF Wife - 3/4/2009
NO it is ILLEGAL for any potential employer to contact any of your previous employer's WITHOUT your consent/permission.
Answered By: k - 3/4/2009
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