Be the Boss Over Cancer

I have an interview tomorrow, but the company wants my previous supervisor's name and phone number. No can do there. I filed an eeoc discrimination complaint against her and I have an attorney. I do have my manager before her who will give me a reference. I am worried about this affecting my chances of getting the job. What should I say? Thanks.


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  • Kyle T.

    Kyle T. on Jul 14, 2010

    I am interviewing tomorrow and they wanted me to have this information with me regarding my previous supervisor.

  • Kyle T.

    Kyle T. on Jul 14, 2010

    I already have a reference letter and I will take that with me. I will also provide the HR person. Things are not good with the HR person either. They sided with my former boss continually after she violated HIPAA, ADA, and privacy issues with myself and my disease.

  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Jul 14, 2010

    Career Coach Comment:

    Kyle -

    Since you have already retained an attorney, I would start there and ask him/her what their advice would be on this issue.

    How did this topic of providing name/telephone of supervisor come up before the interview? Most companies today do not permit their supervisors to provide references.

    It will often be asked on the application form and when supervisors are called, they are redirected to HR.

    You could put down the name/telephone of the HR person if your former employer has a formal policy of not providing references.

    If you list your previous manager, it might fly under the radar screen but if it doesn't, it will open up the can of worms you are trying to avoid.

    Have you considered asking that former manager to provide you with a written reference letter, that you could submit when asked for references?

    Margot Larson

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