Where did this rule come from that you cannot speak badly of your former employers when it would be fully justified? Imagine a situation where you are verbally abused daily, sexually harassed, or maybe your boss has an abuse problem and he/she is just out of control ... Why do we need to play these idiotic elementary games and pretend otherwise, meaning we'd say something like "I left because I wanted new challenges, new opportunities, whatever excuse ... " rather than telling the truth? Why is it not OK to tell the truth that your boss was so irrational, hurtful, abusive ...? After all, the employee is the victim, not the boss. I am talking about telling the truth to prospective employer in serious abuse cases, not just because the boss is simply being mean and a jerk. I don't get this silly "pretend" game ... when can you speak the truth?