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Can a potential employeer legally ask for your credit report, back ground check, personnel file, current and previous saleries, and amount of vacation time you are currently receiving?

Asked on May 13, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I am a California attorney, so do check with an attorney in Washington, but my understanding is that a potential employer may ask for the name of your current employer and what time period you have been working there.  They can ask you for the ther information, but you do not have to provide it.  As for the background check, if the position for which you are being considered is a high security job, they can check your background for criminal activity.


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