Hi all, I filled out a job application recently for a secondary school pastoral post. I put my two references down - one of which was my curent employer and I selected that I wished my current employer to not be contacted prior to interview. I also noted this below the box AND I mentioned it on the e-mail when I sent the form. I got an interview and today got a message from my employer that they've received a reference request. I'm really angry as I absolutely did not want them to know I was job searching. I could not have made it clearer that I didn't want them to be contacted. So now I find myself doubting every application in terms of the opt out of contacting box. I'd rather not put any details down then they can't ignore me and contact them anyway! Am I allowed to do this? I'm happy to give them other references that that can contact prior to interview if they want but I don't want my current employer contacting. How on earth do I emphasise it more on a form/email? Are they even allowed to ignore me? I emailed them a pretty annoyed email and also withdrew my attendance.