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Can I return to my old employer after a legal dispute?

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29.08.2019

Returning to an employer you left after a legal dispute can be a tricky proposition.Credit:Fairfax Media

Several years ago I had a dispute with my then employer, a large organisation, which resulted in a legal settlement accompanying my resignation.

I signed a deed of release with only two conditions: not to disparage my employer (or any of their employees or related companies) and not to disclose the settlement amount. As far as I know, there is no time limit on those conditions.

Is there anything to stop me from applying for a new position with this employer (in a different department to the one I previously worked in), given that they offer many suitable opportunities for someone with my skill set and experience?

A fascinating question. The first thing that came to my mind was "will this organisation hold the old disagreement against you"? But I quickly dismissed the idea.

Individuals hold grudges; most large organisations, by their nature, can’t. People move into new roles and new organisations, details fade, the dispute vanishes from the corporate memory.

This, then,........

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