My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Georgia working for Federal Government.
I was recently terminated and promptly filed an EEO retaliation complaint. I retained a lawyer and currently awaiting a Mediation date. I decided to go back to an old employer to get my old job. The prospective employer contacted the previous employer requesting employment verification. The employer refused to give an employment verification saying "We will not release any information while there is an investigation ongoing".
I filed an EEO complaint so why would they insist to a future employer there is an investigation. I have applied for hundreds of jobs and if the previous employer is telling prospective employers this my chances for future employment is slim. I have also been told by unemployment they are waiting on information from the previous employer to decide on my case. I have yet to receive my vacation time payout being told by payroll I had a delayed separation which I did not.
It seems like a retaliation measure. I told the prospective employer everything about why I was fired. They don't have a problem with the reason I was fired and actually find it ridiculous.
What can prior employers say to prospective ones? Can they just not say anything? My employer won't even acknowledge I worked there. This just doesn’t seem right.