ryanb741
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Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:53 am

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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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:14 am


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













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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:30 am

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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:39 am

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.
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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:41 am

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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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:52 am

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

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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:00 am

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
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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:02 am

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.

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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:09 am

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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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:26 am

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.
 
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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:55 am

Only if they show you their Breasts.  Big grin
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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 10:46 am

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.

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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 10:52 am

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

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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:32 am

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.
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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 12:54 am

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.

 
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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:09 am

And look where Andersen is now.

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RE: Headhunters - Can I Sue?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 4:13 am

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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