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Is a potential employer entitled to ask for a persons past

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Is a potential employer entitled to ask for a persons past W2s after the offer has been made and accepted?
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you, I will do everything I can to answer your question.

While this is an understandably bothersome request, it does not violate any legally recognized privacy interest, I'm afraid to say. An employee can of course refuse to comply with such request, but they are not protected from rescission of the job offer if that is how the employer chooses to respond.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If all the employer needs it for is back ground check, can one redact the amount?

I think that would be absolutely reasonable. However, if the employer wants to see an unredacted version, the employee enjoys no special legal protection if they refuse.

Again, please feel free to let me know if you have any further concerns. I am more than happy to provide additional clarification if necessary.
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