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Hello again! Hoping to get some advice for a friend this time! She works as an admin for a large company (through an agency). She's not happy in her role, her manager doesn't give her enough work to do and she would like to leave and hopefully find something to progress her career. There's also personality clash between her and her manager, he's stepped over the line a bit (texts her at night, demands to know her personal mobile number, etc) Her agency has put her forward for another job (still through them) at the same company, but her current manager has "blocked" her from moving (ie called up the agency and said she's not allowed to work anywhere else on site).


Question is, can he do this?

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He can if the company lets him. She doesn't work for the company, she works for the agency, but either way, whether he can prevent someone moving or applying for another job depends on what the employer says they can do. It is common in some places for managers to have to give permission for an existing employee to move to another role, and they cannot do so if it is refused. But the bottom line is, in law he cannot stop her applying, but nor can she do anything if he simply terminates the agency agreement and says he doesn't want her. So it's between the devil and the deep blue sea..


I am a barrister specialising in employment law, and only represent employees. My advice on employment issues is advice - not legal opinion - and is based only on the facts you provide. If you want an accurate assessment of your case and prospects, you should get legal opinion from a lawyer - not a public forum. Anything I tell you is for guidance only, and is based on my experience of the law in the context of what details you provide.


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