I left a job last year because the environment was becoming really negative. I am over 40 and the company that I worked for had started changing, and not for the best. The age diversity was no longer there. The division was actively going after applicants that were recent grads and they were getting pushed up through the ranks quickly. During one of the many reorgs I was told very unceremoniously from a director that so and so would be taking my job ( she was way younger and had no experience in my role) and that I was going to come in everyday and I was not going to like it. Naturally I was offended and upset. After discussing the situation with my family I decided to quit. Before I left I spoke with HR about what had happened and explained that I felt like I was being forced out of my job and that favoritism towards the younger crowd was part of the reason for this change. The HR rep was very nice to me in our meeting and mentioned she could get me out earlier than two weeks but would need to talk to our VP which I agreed to. Come to find almost a year later from a manager who has also left this company, that the director in question announced to her entire team of managers in a meeting that I had accused her of age discrimination and that is was announced in a way that was mocking me . I understand if the VP spoke with director about what I said, but now I am worried that everyone knows what I considered to be a personal conversation between myself and HR. I am worried that there could be damage to my reputation and I would not even know that is occurring. I will not be using this group as references but there are other companies in the area that I am interested in. One of them employs another person that left my old division. I know he is friends with the person that replaced me. I am probably worrying too much about something that may never happen, but what do I do if I find out that other people outside of my old company find out about my conversation with HR because they heard it through the grapevine?