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Can a prospective empolyer request proof of previous ...

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Can a prospective empolyer request proof of previous earnings from a candidate being considered for hire?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 9 years ago.
There is no specific legal prohibition on what an employer may request from an applicant. While an applicant cannot be required to release such private information, since an employer can make a hiring decision based on just about any non-discriminatory standard it wishes, an employer could be release of such information contingent to being hired.

Most employers are concerned about the types of information they request because it could mean they are using discriminatory criteria in their hiring decisions. But proof of previous pay does not indicate any discriminatory motivation.

I hope this helps!


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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Thank you. I would like some clarification on your sentence...

"an employer could be release of such information contingent to being hired" -- please clarify?
Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 9 years ago.
Sorry, I meant to say "an employer could make the release of such information contingent to being hired". In other words, the employer has the right not to hire an applicant who refuses to provide the information.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Thanks for the clarification.
Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 9 years ago.
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