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I’ve asked my previous employer for a reference as I’ve been offered a new job.

I left my previous employment due to having to care for my grandad, I offered some notice when I left this job (not the full 4 weeks) but they were so angry that I was leaving,I made the decision to not work notice due to their behaviour.

I’m worried I will now get a bad reference, my performance at the job itself was good and I passed probation with no concern and passed all reviews during my role.

Can they give me a bad reference because I left with no notice?
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(Original post by Cheese144)
I’ve asked my previous employer for a reference as I’ve been offered a new job.

I left my previous employment due to having to care for my grandad, I offered some notice when I left this job (not the full 4 weeks) but they were so angry that I was leaving,I made the decision to not work notice due to their behaviour.

I’m worried I will now get a bad reference, my performance at the job itself was good and I passed probation with no concern and passed all reviews during my role.

Can they give me a bad reference because I left with no notice?
They can only tell the truth. The truth includes that you left the job without serving your notice, and it can include any truthful description of the conversations and actions involved in that. What they can't do is paint the whole of your work there in an untruthfully negative light. Leaving without giving notice isn't a good look for employers, so for the receiving employer, reading that, it could be construed as a 'bad reference', but so long it is factually correct, it's legal.
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They can only tell the truth. The truth includes that you left the job without serving your notice, and it can include any truthful description of the conversations and actions involved in that. What they can't do is paint the whole of your work there in an untruthfully negative light. Leaving without giving notice isn't a good look for employers, so for the receiving employer, reading that, it could be construed as a 'bad reference', but so long it is factually correct, it's legal.
I’ve provided them as well as 2 other previous employers (who I know will give me good references) - will the 1 reference stating I left with no notice outshine the 2 good references? Not sure if the offer will be withdrawn because of this 1 instance
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They can only tell the truth. The truth includes that you left the job without serving your notice, and it can include any truthful description of the conversations and actions involved in that. What they can't do is paint the whole of your work there in an untruthfully negative light. Leaving without giving notice isn't a good look for employers, so for the receiving employer, reading that, it could be construed as a 'bad reference', but so long it is factually correct, it's legal.
Not sure if my other reply went through so typing again - I have 2 other references which the employer will get and I know these will be good ones!

Will the 1 reference which says I left with no notice outshine the 2 good references I will get?

Concerned I will have this offer withdrawn just based on this one instance! Although I know my job performance was good at this role
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Yes, having a negative reference will definitely be a red flag for a employer, would it stop them offering you a position. It depends but for me it’s would not put you in a good position.
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Yes, having a negative reference will definitely be a red flag for a employer, would it stop them offering you a position. It depends but for me it’s would not put you in a good position.
It seems my previous employer just sent over a generic reference without mentioning it!
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It seems my previous employer just sent over a generic reference without mentioning it!
Some employers do that- give generic references. It depends on the company.
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