Blacklisting

An Arizona Republic column published last Saturday discussed Arizona law regarding what an employer may disclose about employees or former employees to prospective employers.  The article referenced the Arizona statutes on blacklisting.  Blacklisting is defined in ARS 23-1361 and the penalties for violating the blacklisting law are set forth in ARS 23-1362.  As the column written by John J. Balitis and compiled by Georgann Yara states:  “Notwithstanding the protection that the blacklisting statute affords to employers, many businesses will direct all requests from prospective employers to be handled by human-resources personnel, who will provide only a neutral reference, such as the dates of employment.  Employers that follow neutral reference policies consistently naturally reduce their risk of liability to former workers.”   If you would like more information on Arizona employment law, come to the Law Library and look at the Arizona Employment Law Handbook.

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