It seems that so often when an employer contacts a potential employee's former employer, that person verifies the job seeker as having worked for the company in the past, but stops short of providing any details regarding ability, attitude, and so forth. I realize that in many cases the one seeking employment benefits from this and should, meaning that the former employer was in whatever way rotten and shouldn't have the power to ruin a former worker's ability at gaining future employment. Again, I do get that. But in many cases, it means someone who should not be working is able to land another position. In education, of course, it means that someone who wasn't able to perform his or her teaching responsibilities finds him or herself back in a classroom. I know of teachers who were let go because of their complete inability to teach effectively or even because of inappropriate behavior who were immediately snatched up by another district. With an honest referral from the previous employer, that person wouldn't likely stand a chance at being rehired as a teacher. So, two issues are likely a cause: one) allowing poor or inappropriate teachers to resign opposed to firing them, and two) not being able to provide potential employers with accurate referrals out of fear of lawsuit. I don't know...I was just thinking about this and it bothers me greatly, I suppose because there is one man in particular who was very inappropriate with students (touching ) and an overall horrible, horrible teacher, who was able to move one county away and get another teaching position. This teacher has skipped from county to county for several years. How many different school populations will he be allowed to hurt—academically or otherwise? Any thoughts? Anyone else know of teachers who wrongly benefit from the "Yes, she was employed with us for the 2010-2011 school year as a fourth grade teacher" referrals?