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Maryland New Employer Asking Old for Wage?

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  • Maryland New Employer Asking Old for Wage?

    My wife recently was offered a job, and was asked for a reference from her current employer. She did not want to give a name nor a number due to chatty co-workers. HR at the new employer firmly stated you will not get this job if you do not give a reference and also wanted to know from her current employer her salary. Can a new employer ask a previous wage from and old employer and must she give a reference if she does not want to? thanks

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    Yes, a new employer may ask a previous wage.

    No one can force her to offer a reference from a current employer, but if they choose not to hire her because she cannot or will not, it is legal.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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