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Headhunters - Can I Sue?  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Whilst it is initially flattering to be headhunted (makes you feel wanted) this is getting ridiculous. I was approached by an executive search agency a while back and said I wasn't interested as I have loyalty to my current employer. Since then they have repeatedly called and today they called my HR department asking for a reference for me. HR contacted me and asked why this was as I hadn't handed in my notice and I informed them it had nothing to do with me. HR reckoned it may have been a destabilising tactic to try and get me dismissed or something.

Due to the harassment this has caused I feel I have good grounds to sue the agency but would appreciate if any of the lawyers on this forum have a view on this.


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User currently offlineNorth County From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1558 times:


Is there a case here?? maybe but it would be a case of:













SELF GLOSS!


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

Ask Greg, he might be able to use a new M5  Big grin



FSP


User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

If you now for a fact who did it, I would seriously consider speaking to a lawyer.

Screwing with your career like that is not cool. I'd certainly follow up on that.



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12118 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1535 times:
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It could be the situation where they have a position for you, which they would get paid a fee if you took it and they are trying to level the playing field in there favor. Yes I would take it to a lawyer have them draft a letter and include the bill for the lawyers services for them to pay, send a strong message to them.


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User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1916 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

Why take any personally responsibility when you can just sue someone? Sounds good to me.

George




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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Oh I know who did it - it was an associate from a UK headhunting agency that is quite well known. they have been up front about it but I am not interested and now they are screwing around too far IMHO


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13639 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
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Why take any personally responsibility when you can just sue someone? Sounds good to me.

George, maybe you mis-read, but Ryanb741 said he didn't approach the headhunter. They came to him, and he turned them down.

Now they're potentially undermining his good standing within his company by approaching the HR department.

I fail to see where he's shirking any personal responsibility here; he never brought this on himself.

I personally don't think a lawsuit would be necessary though; a good attorney can simply send a demand letter asking the headhunter to stop contacting his client and the employer...threatening legal action if they do not comply.

[Edited 2004-02-07 00:04:08]


"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

It sounds unethical, but not illegal.

I would complain to the boss of the individual who called your HR dept for a reference, adn then follow up with a complaint letter cc'ing the search firm's CEO and any governing body or association of headhunters in your city.




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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Ryanb741, you'll never meet a lawyer, even if you don't have a legit case, who won't tell you to sue for all you can get.

User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1494 times:

Only if they show you their Breasts.  Big grin


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User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

You want to sue for that?
I get calls from headhunters all the time. It's common in my industry.
Get over it...or else get a real problem.

According to your profile, you're a consultant....Head-hunters LOVE consultants. You should know that.

If you find this call damaging to your career, then I would suggest that you're not good at your job. Your HR department called you and asked about it...You explained it. Big deal? If something as insignificant as that is a career-ending phone call, maybe you should consider a career-switch.

Seriously, I doubt that you're worried about your career from this. You shouldn't be. Your manager may even realize what a valuable employee you are and even offer you some incentive to stay.

If it bothers you, I believe you should escalate the situation to their boss. Threaten legal action if you must, but really suing? Come on. There are far worse problems in the world.

Ever heard of the Stella Awards?

G


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Yeah, I say threaten lawsuit, but make sure its a bluff.

-Normal


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

well if you had been fired or held up for promotion, you may have a claim.

But otherwise, where are the monitary damages?

After all that is all those lawyers care about.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

When I used to work at Andersen, we'd give the names of people that we didn't like working with when the headhunters called. That way these people would feel that they were wanted and would typically leave.



User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

And look where Andersen is now.

Will consult/audit for food.

Signed,
Arthur Andersen


User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

That's why I left 6 years ago.

However, the business consulting side, Andersen Consulting which later became known as Accenture, is doing pretty well.




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