Nearly any business owner deals with some employees they would never want to work with again, and they might not wish them on their worst competitors, either. However, Florida business owners should understand that while it is permissible to fire an employee for an acceptable reason, such as being combative with co-workers or consistently being late, there are rules surrounding blacklisting that could land a company in legal hot water if they were found to engage in this practice.
What exactly is blacklisting? The Houston Chronicle explains it as business owners or hiring managers trying to prevent someone from working elsewhere after they left employment or applied for a job. This could be done for numerous reasons, including the following:
- An employer wanting to “get back” at an employee for quitting
- An applicant missing a job interview or lying on a resume
- An employer wanting to prevent others from having to work with someone who is incompetent or poorly behaved