Q) I contacted my former employer by text on Monday requesting a separation letter, I was contacted via a phone call by Ardist saying to come in Wednesday afternoon, because he wasn’t at work, and he as “manager” had to sign it. So yesterday at 2 in the afternoon I drove to IHOP for my letter, and was told by Ardist the manager, and the DM Shareen Hassan that its against company policy to provide a separation letter.
A) I’m sorry to hear about your experience. I can provide some general information that might be helpful, but please keep in mind that I cannot provide specific legal advice or information about individual company policies.
In many cases, employers are not legally obligated to provide a separation letter or employment verification letter unless it is required by law or specified in an employment contract or agreement. However, it is common for employers to provide such letters upon request as a professional courtesy or to assist former employees with future job applications or other purposes.
If your former employer has a policy against providing separation letters, it is within their rights to enforce that policy. It can be frustrating if you were expecting to receive one, especially if you believe it could be beneficial for your future employment prospects. In such cases, you may want to explore other options or alternatives, such as obtaining references from other supervisors or colleagues who can speak to your skills and work experience.
If you believe that your former employer’s refusal to provide a separation letter is in violation of any contractual obligations or employment laws specific to your jurisdiction, you may want to consult with an employment attorney or a relevant labor agency to understand your rights and potential courses of action.
Please note that employment laws and policies can vary depending on your location and specific circumstances, so it’s always best to seek professional advice for your particular situation.