Black lists unlawful; recommendations and statements to be provided employee by employer
1. As used in this section, “employee” means every person who has entered upon service or employment of an employer, and the employment shall be deemed to commence from the date of the entry or performance of any service. Any contract of employment, rule, regulation or device to the contrary is void.
2. A person shall not black-list or cause to be black-listed or publish the name of or cause to be published the name of any employee, mechanic or laborer discharged by that person with the intent to prevent that employee, mechanic or laborer from engaging in or securing similar or other employment from any other person.
3. If any officer or agent of any person blacklists or causes to be blacklisted or publishes the name of or causes to be published the name of any employee, mechanic or laborer discharged by that person with the intent to prevent that employee, mechanic or laborer from engaging in or securing similar or other employment from any other person in any manner conspires or contrives, by correspondence or otherwise, to prevent that discharged employee from procuring employment, the officer or agent, as applicable, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
4. Subsections 2 and 3 do not prohibit any person from giving in writing, at the time the employee leaves or is discharged from the service of the employer, a truthful statement of the reason for such leaving of the service or discharge of that employee, nor do subsections 2 and 3 prevent any employer from giving any employee or former employee any statement with reference to any meritorious services which the employee may have rendered to that employer. The employer shall supply statements as provided in this subsection upon demand from the employee, but no such statement is required unless the employee has been in service for a period of not less than 60 days. Only one such statement may be issued to that employee.