Is it legal for a prospective employer to verify your current salary?

I am applying for several jobs in which I have been asked what I my current salary is. Is this legal??? If I am honest, then how am I ever going to get a job that pays more than what I currently make. If I lie and they find out, I have lost the job before it has even been offered to me. Does anyone have any thoughts / suggestions?


9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best answer

    Nope, not in the least.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you've signed an application for employment, or some other form of documentation....yes. Typically, when an employer gets to this stage, they're certainly interested in you and don't use this measure as a screening method.

    In this day and age of class action law suits and such, employers verify dates of employment, title and salary. Anything above that, such as reference checks from your existing or previous managers is a sticky situation....most mid to large companies will not do this as a practice, as they may be putting themselves at risk. To reduce the risk, these companies outsource this tedious function for a number of reasons.

    The best way to get more money is to interview about your accomplishments and how you can add value, not merely do the job, and you will have more bargaining power. Employers expect pay higher to attract new emplyees, however if they feel they can "get you for cheap", some may, however this isn't a wise practice and typically contributes to high turn over and low job satifaction.

    In any event, plan your interview....go in with the mindset that you are the MOST qualified for the role, hands down. Share how YOU lead a project, did something creative, were an active participant/contributor on a team and most importantly, what was the RESULT of your actions....did it save the company money, did it make a process more efficient, increase morale, land a new contract, etc.

    Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, they can ask you how much you earn. The company you are applying for the job needs a guideline as to what your current employer thinks you are worth. If you are honest, then you will make a great employee. If you feel the need to lie, then somehow it will be found out, and you will have lost out on the opportunity to get the job. The oddest things happen. I had an employee who lied to me about a job she was leaving us for. Just so happened I knew her new manager very well. He came over to see me about a piece of jewelry we had, and she came up in a conversation as he made a statement about something she had done and said. Seems he compared some things she put on her application to questions he asked me about her. She ended up losing that position. Be honest at all costs.

  • 1 decade ago

    How could they possibly verify it without you giving permission for them to receive copies of your w-2s or contact your present employer? You would never permit this, would you? Of course, depending on the type of job you have, it is likely that HR people have a good idea of what the pay scales are at similar companies.

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  • Mel
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Legal, and fairly common. The way around it is to state that part of the reason you're looking for work is that you know you are underpaid for your experience/educaiton level. can give you some ballpark figures for the going rate in your area/job category. I find they tend to run on the high side, but it's better than nothing.

    Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think that there is any way for them to know that you lied on your current salary but most companies use it to screen out people who were making more money at their previous job.

  • erdman
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    in case you expectt his to take place, make a photocopy of your final paystub and supply it to them. I worked for a company that usually shown salaries as human beings robotically inflated them on the interest application. people who did have been allowed to describe how they arrived at their discern, yet whilst the inflated it, did no longer get the interest.

  • 1 decade ago

    some people are not willing to hire if your making more> i took a pay cut and it worked ok

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Obviously its legal. Why would even think it wasn't???

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