Can an employment agency refuse to tell you which employer has given an adverse reference about you? I ask this because I have been left feeling extremely angry today after an employment agency told me that they could not put forward my job application for a Civil Service post any further due to a "referencing" matter. When I demanded to be told who it was that had gone against me, the consultant replied that she could not give me that information as she was "bound by the data protection act."
Can she really do this? The reason why I want to get to the bottom of who the guilty ex-employer is because, as far as I am concerned, I have done NOTHING wrong to justify any employer giving me a bad reference. I have behaved impeccably in ALL my previous jobs, and the only reason I can think of that might cause some degree of unfavourable comment was the fact that my last employer finished my temp contract prematurely as they deemed me "unsuitable" for the role (which, admittedly, I was, as I was just a Jack-of-all-trades rather than the Admin Assistant role I had been led to believe I would be). They have probably put me down as "Dismissed", which may have set alarm bells ringing in the minds of the employment agency, as they were not fully acquainted with the facts of my dismissal.
So can I do something about this ex-employer going against me like this all the time with each job I apply for? They are going to put the spoke in for me every time I apply for a job and a reference is needed. Surely I can do something about it, as it is damaging my chances of ever getting off the dole?