My question relates to a reference from a previous employer.
I recently interviewed for a senior position. In spite of receiving a “glowing” reference from my previous employer, it was clear to me that the reference provided was somewhat evasive. Can this be legally considered as a form of defamation?
In 2007, this previous company began to flounder due to circumstances completely out of my control. Toward the end of Q2 2007, after 18-months with the company, I conveyed to the founder of my intentions to resign. The founder and board retaliated by immediately and maliciously terminating my employment under the pretense that declining sales were a result of “poor-performance” on my behalf. This was outrageous and slanderous.
The reason for which the company faltered was because our strategic partner acquired a direct competitor of ours, a move that eroded our competitive position to a state of annihilation. The lead founder was supposedly responsible for the relationship with this partner.
I reported to the chairman in conjunction with the lead founder. In February of 2006, prior to accepting the position, I clearly conveyed to the board the business and strategic risks involved, and the board conveyed its full acknowledgment of those risks. The position aligned well with my professional objectives; the experience I would gain would be invaluable going forward, even if the company did not succeed. We agreed upon a comprehensive set of beach head sales objectives for the first three business quarters of my tenure which I had gone on to successfully accomplish, and throughout that year, the board and shareholders conveyed their satisfaction with my performance.
A year before I joined, the company was in a state of chaos, in principle a result of unprofessional performance. In February of 2006, I replaced the second co-founder, compelling that co-founder tp take legal action against the board and his co-founding partner (the lead founder)
Based on the questionable integrity of the board, I would like to know whether I have legal rights so as to assert my position within context to the issue I have described. I take full responsibility for my actions, and if I had to do the position all over again, I would have repeated my course of action to detail.
kindly awaiting your response,