Oklahoma City, OK asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma

Q: Employer assured me a nuetral refrence & gave me severance pay. I checked up on them and they are not keeping their word

Three different times I asked what reference they were going to give me. I was assured, even in writing that it would only confirm my dates of employment and the position. Since I havent been hired I was suspicious about what was being said by previous employer. I have a recording of my former boss giving me a bad reference and saying I have no experience etc. Can I sue for 2 weeks lost wages?

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Benjamin Oxford

Answered
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: When you apply for a new job, they often request permission to contact your former employers. If you consented to this, then your former employer is immune from civil liability, per the law in Oklahoma. If you can show they provided false information, then the former employer loses their immunity, and you could sue for fraud. However, you may also have a breach of contract claim, because the employer agreed to only provide dates of employment and the position. I would need more information to give you an opinion about that.

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