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Amythesianwaterfall Mon 14-Oct-13 21:29:37

Good eveningsmile
Just a quick question but does anything stop an employer writing a bad reference/ bland reference for their employee if they are displeased with the employee job hunting? Also, are you able to request a copy of your reference? Opinions seem to be divided from what I've heard and read.
I've been employed for 6 years and in a senior position. However my employer will be far from happy about potential job hunting and just wanted to see what you thought. Thank you!

flowery Mon 14-Oct-13 21:42:32

Nothing stopping them writing a bland reference, in fact it's very common.

They can only give a bad reference if it is factual and can be substantiated, so for example documented performance concerns or disciplinary warnings.

Presumably you'd already have a job offer before a reference is requested anyway, so do you really think your employer would give a bad reference because they are cross you are leaving?

In terms of requesting a copy, you can, from the new employer. Your current employer will write it in confidence but it will go on to your file, which you are entitled to see on request.

Amythesianwaterfall Mon 14-Oct-13 21:44:54

Thank you very much for replying and for your expert knowledgesmile

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