Can a previous employer give a bad refrence about you?

My daughter worked for ADT in Colorado for ten years. Approxiamently, 3 years ago they transfered a person to the DOD dept. This person had some behavioral problems. The problems continued with this new (DOD) employees. My daughter reported these incidents to her immediate supervisor and then to the H.R. dept.That went on for 2 years. Finally,ADT decided to discharge both of them. The other employee went first - this was because this person wasn't doing his job. Months later, they let my daughter go. There reason was because she was in the wrong screen. The problem is this: They asked a close friend of hers if she, being a single woman, had a gun?, She told them yes,but she also had a CCW. She never took her gun out of her apartment. ADT took that information and told their security dept. that she was a potential security threat, and through the process of dismissing her, had her escorted out of the building. She moved back home. It's been almost 2 years. She has applied for jobs, in her field - Call Center Representative, passed every test, very well, with companies such as AT&T, AAA auto,everywhere where a call center rep could be used. Again, she experienced the hiring process and would perform and pass all the task asked of her. They would tell her they were waiting for response from her previous job, then they would tell her no, they decided to continuing looking for other candidates. What should she do?

Asked By: Yvonne - 4/9/2012
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
No, it is not illegal, as long as what you’re saying is factually accurate... More
Answered By: PsychicSnail - 4/9/2012
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Yes, as long as it's truthful.
Answered By: Common Sense - 4/9/2012
Employers will rarely give out any information about a past employee other than the dates they worked there, for liability reasons. They CAN also provide "criticism by faint praise" - by saying that they have no comment. But don't give too much credit to companies - they're not these all-powerful entities that they're... More
Answered By: KevinM - 4/9/2012
No they can only explain that your daughter worked there for so many years and was let go by ADT. They cannot go into being a security risk etc or anything related to ADA. (Americans with disabilities)
Answered By: Olwe - 4/9/2012
What do you mean, "she was fired because she was in the wrong screen... More
Answered By: Dr. Snark - 4/9/2012
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