LEGAL QUESTIONS: Sealed or revealed?

April 2004 
Volume 34  Number 4
Pages 12 - 12
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    Although I currently work at a hospital, I've applied for a position at a home health care agency. At my present job, I've gotten good performance reviews but I've occasionally had trouble getting along with some of my colleagues. How much can my employer reveal about my stint here if someone asks ?—F.C., N.D.

    Figure. No caption available. Only if you signed a release of information form can an employer legally discuss your work performance with a potential employer. That includes revealing the “good reviews” you've received despite your trouble getting along with colleagues.

    However, your employer isn't compelled to share information even if you've signed a release of information form. For example, when a supervisor is glad to see a problem employee move on, she may remain silent about that person's faults. Employers are leery about lawsuits if they give someone a bad ...

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