Iceblink saidI challenge anyone to provide a link to a law in their state that limits the information a former employer can give to only that the person was employed by the company and the dates the person was employed.
What Employers Can Say About Former Employeeshttp://jobsearch.about.com/od/backgroundcheck/f/whatemployerscansay.htm
"There are no federal laws restricting what information an employer can disclose about former employees. If you were fired or terminated from employment, the company can say so. They can also give a reason. For example, if someone was fired for stealing or falsifying a time sheet, they can explain why the employee was terminated.
That said, because of laws regarding defamation (which is slander or libel) companies are usually careful about what information they provide to hiring managers confirming employment or checking references. What they say has to be the truth or the company can be subject to a lawsuit from the former employee. Legally, they can say anything that is factual and accurate.
Concern about lawsuits is why most employers only confirm dates of employment, your position, and salary.
State labor laws vary, so check your state labor department website for information on state labor laws that limit what employers can disclose about former employees."