How to be removed from an employers do-not-rehire list

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Company blacklist or 'do-not-rehire' list

What can you do to get off the list? Here are strategies to get your status changed and get back to work!

Returning to a former employer might seem like the easiest way to get back to work. If you’re hitting a wall trying to get back to a previous job, you could be on the company’s do-not-rehire list. Keep in mind that do-not-hire lists are NOT governed by law, so companies have flexibility in how they maintain and enforce them.

What is a do-not-rehire list?

Many employers use a do-not-rehire list to flag job applicants to human resources, hiring managers, and recruiters. The do-not-rehire list prevents these former employees from being rehired at the company.

Reasons why employees are put on a do-not-rehire list

Typical reasons for exiting employees being put on a do-not-hire list include:

  • Failing to give two weeks notice when resigning can land you on a blacklist. Some employers are 'strict' about having at least a full 14 days notice; and giving them 13 days may result in your name being added to their do-not-rehire list

  • Attendance rules during the two week notice period are the same as during regular employment. If there are any instances of unexcused absences during the final days of employment, the employer may add you to the list

  • Failing to return company property on or before the last day; or surrendering company property to the wrong person

  • Disciplinary issues during employment: chronic tardiness, not following company rules or standards

  • Incomplete documents or protocols, like participating in an exit interview

  • Incorrect records or reporting for any reason: notice periods, attendance / scheduling / vacation, company property, employee discipline and performance, etc.

Often previous there are justified reasons, a misunderstanding or miscommunication that leads to blacklisting.

How to find out if you are on a company's do-not-rehire list

To get the job back, or in some cases get a different job at the same company, you may want to know if you are on the employer's blacklist. With this information you can work toward changing your status, and get back to work.

Contact the HR department and speak to a human resources manager. Do-not-hire lists usually are tracked in HR systems.

Example conversation to ask if you're on a company do-not-rehire list

“I worked for {Company X} for *{three years} *from {September 2017 to August 2020}. I’m eager to return to {Company X}, but I’m having trouble getting an interview. Can you tell me if I’m flagged as ‘do not rehire’?”

If the answer is yes, follow up with, “Can you please tell me why?”

If the answer is no, you may want to review your resume and application, and ensure you’re applying for jobs you have the proper skills and experience for.

How to negotiate removing your name from a do not rehire list

Call the company’s central human resources (HR) department and be sure you are speaking with a human resources manager and not a talent acquisition person or hiring manager. A corporate HR employee may have access to more information, and specifically about your status. Speak openly with the HR representative and ask what can be done to change your status. Refer to the list above, be prepared to clearly explain misunderstandings, and try to present the facts with neutrality.

Example conversation to request being removed from a company's do-not-rehire list

“I understand that I’m on the company’s do-no-rehire list, but I’m excited about potentially returning to the company in the position of {third shift stocker}. Can we discuss the circumstances around my status? I have a reasonable explanation for* {only giving 10 days notice before my prior resignation}*. I’d like you to consider changing my status so I can interview for the position.”

It’s critical to be honest and open. Do not blame anyone else; talk only about your behaviors and what you know happened.

When your prior boss is also the owner of the company

The same principles apply for small and medium businesses as corporations. Instead of contacting HR, however, you’ll likely speak directly the owner. Be upfront about what you are looking to achieve and ask if there’s anything you can do to change their mind and remove you from the list.

Other tactics to be removed from a do-not-hire list

  • If a few years have passed, apply again. Management may have changed over the years, and it could be worthwhile to contact an HR manager to see you can change your status

  • Try applying at a different location or for a role in a different department

  • Ask a connection for help. If you've kept in contact with someone at the company, they may be willing to recommend you for a current position. A reference from a trusted employee could help.

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Was harassed by co-worker I had had enough So I left work never went back. After BEING cussED out & middle fingerED was given out i reported these incidents to managerial nothing was done or said to the Harasser. Yes I went about leaving wrong but it was a toxic environment. I was the one that got listed!!....Not fair.

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I think I am on this list because I was burned when a chemical fell on me while working at a hospital, after almost 30 years I have had to deal with cancer twice and MY health will not allow me to work but I do not know If I am on this list and would like to know. How do I find out ?

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I am currently currently working 1 day a week at my current job (they have put me like this on the schedule since november 2023... Its currently febuary 27th 2024 at time of typing this. Still 1 day a week)

I have applied for several places in the area. All of which were immediately turned down before the chance for an interview.

I beliwve my current job is saying things about me beh

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I am currently currently working 1 day a week at my current job (they have put me like this on the schedule since november 2023... Its currently febuary 27th 2024 at time of typing this. Still 1 day a week)

I have applied for several places in the area. All of which were immediately turned down before the chance for an interview.

I beliwve my current job is saying things about me beh

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I would like to how to get a company i never worked for to get my name off the DO NOT HIRE list because I STILL cant get a job and get instant no thank yous with a 25+year exp in several key areas for the jobs I apply too...thats the only other explanation.

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I did called human resource and explain that I didn't give A two week notice. The lead manager where I did work at dollar general told me and said there's nothing can be done. Ineligible not for hire is this true.

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I worked for shleppers moving company as CDL driver for 5 years and broke my ankle on a job site, did not claim any workers comp, they did not offer any sick pay time off or any help, but went back after two years HR were happy to see me but once the boss seen me asked who I was, so I reminded him who I was told him l left because my ankle broke on the job, but after that interview and signing applications and ready to take a urine test Hr tells me they're not hiring and I have a gut feeling that it was the boss and the funny thing is I never really spoke or knew him

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I worked at an Atlantic City casino in the cashier department. Almost at hello, I was despised for no reason. I believe one of the golden boys there was jealous of me and started lying about me to the manager from the second I got there. Only God knows what lies he must have said to the top bosses in order for them to want me out as soon as they hired me! Staff that I initially had a good repore with, suddenly would turn on me. New hires who I was responsible for supervising initially respected me, but then some would turn on me and others would defend me and come tell me that all management was trash talking about me and it made them uncomfortable. According to the new hires in which I supervised, management was scheming to fire me and would openly do it in front of subordinates! I started getting written up for things everyone else did with absolutely no problem, and for things that were completely made up. For example, I was fired for being late on the days I was scheduled off! No loss right? Wrong! It didn't stop there. Unfortunately this is a small town and everybody is recycled, every employee knows something about everyone in every department, at every casino in AC. I was finely hired as a supervisor and given the 3rd degree by the top brass. It felt more like an inquisition than an interview. I am sure judging by the questions they were asking that they knew why I was fired and they were fed a cesspool of lies and fabrications from my previous casino bosses when they checked on my resume. Therefore, I was begrudgingly hired, I was used, given a dual rate position while doing the hardest job at the worse shift with the worst benefits having to receive cashier rates for PTO used, even though I worked over a year as ONLY a supervisor, not cashier. I also was refused a bonus and a raise the other supervisors got, due to "budget" reasons. I'm never included in emails other supervisors receive and am treated like I'm insignificant. I know it's because THEY know I was fired and blacklisted, so they figure I ain't going anywhere because there's no where to go. They take advantage of the cheap labor. I'm making $50,000 to the other supervisors, peers $62,000, even though I'm more experienced and work a more difficult shift with more responsibilities. The problem is that because I was hated, despised and blacklisted by my previous boss, who happens to be the senior executive CEO that runs the entire East and West coast of that certain casino, and because that certain casino has a monopoly and owns practically all the casinos in AC, I only have the option of working in three casinos in all of Atlantic City and in all of America. Every new hire has to go through an interview with him. I have to say I have never seen so much hatred directed at an individual as was/is directed at me and for absolutely no reason. I never did, nor spoke ill of this CEO so I am completely dismayed as to why I was and still am being targeted for having done nothing wrong. It's the kind of hatred one would receive if they had had an affair with the company heads wife or harmed his wife or child. I've never dealt with such hatred such as this before and what boggles the mind is that it's for absolutely no reason and now my career is over all over nothing but hate. Smh, I don't understand how this can be legal to do. AC is one of the very few places in South Jersey where you can get a decent job, paying a living wage,without a college degree . Now because of this persecution, I can't work in any casino except for three, and I have to accept a much lower wage than my peers at those three casinos because they know exactly what my predicament is and they take advantage of it.

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I worked with King Soopers maybe about 2 years I was terminated for labor relation so technically time clock fraud. But I was terminated in 2022. It’s been a year and I had a friend call asking if I was eligible for rehire and said “no the company at the moment isn’t considering that”. But I wanna go back to work there they even said how good of an employee I was but I don’t get how I can’t even tho people have done worse then me and got rehired

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