Does anyone work in HR? Couple of questions
So as you may remember my dh has been looking for a new job for the past few months. He likes his job a lot but he needs to make more $$ and the commute is insane. He took this job after he was terminated from Disney last summer. The only official reason he was given was "dissention of staff" and if you remember his boss was just riding him HARD, put him on probation for things like his blackberry chirping during meetings, and dh finally had enough with this woman and they agreed to part ways. They gave him a hefty severance. He got his new job right away (within 3 weeks).
So the past few months he's been on a lot of interviews, some on his own and some with the liason of an executive head hunter. In all those interviews he's been one of the final candidates w/ great companies for great positions. But he hasn't been the chosen one for any of them. In each situation the reason has been different - the other guy had a little more of this or a little more of that. Fwiw, my dh is in IT but is currently a COO. He's VERY experienced. And, he's never not gotten a job he's applied for - all have just fallen into his lap (ie, they seek him out). This is very discouraging to him and he's very frustrated.
So dh was thinking out loud and mentioned that possibly Disney is saying something that is turning potential employers off. He can't just leave it off his resume as he was there two years and he was a VP - it's critical to his qualifications.
So what I want to know is what legally they can say when a potential employer calls to verify employement there. What might be the typical questions and what might be the typical answers? What are they not allowed to say and what are they allowed to say regarding his termination? I'm thinking of calling Disney posing as a potential employer just to see what they say, and that might give us some indication if dh's comment is right.
Fwiw, we know that this woman (his former boss) won't say anything - she's VERY by the book and from what we heard refused to discuss the situation with any other employees after he left, but the inquiry calls would to go HR at Disney corporate, not her.