Disclosing salary info

New / Design sEbl08
Jul 24 15 Comments

My partner got a offer from a Yahoo owned company. When they asked for current salary, he inflated the numbers (though modestly) for leverage in salary negotiation. Everything passed but they asked for a recent pay stub for proof of salary as a last step. Is this legal? And was it wrong to fudge the numbers? What could have been done differently.

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TOP 15 Comments
  • New WGtk10
    Should have photoshopped something.
    Jul 24 0
  • Databricks / Data
    data4u

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    data4umore
    I can’t believe people are saying “he should have not lied” gtfo , this is a shit company that is doing a shit practice nothing more.
    Jul 24 0
  • Aura SBgg50
    Asking for paystubs is illegal in CA. Time to sue
    Jul 24 0
  • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
    Not legal in California. Not a good idea to provide fake numbers.

    You can probably wiggle your way out of it by saying the number you gave was TC, including the value of benefits,etc.
    Jul 24 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Yes it was wrong. Telling the truth could have been done. Yahoo doesn’t exist anymore, it’s Verizon Media.
    Jul 24 2
    • New / Design sEbl08
      OP
      This was a while ago. He ended up telling the truth and got banned from applying again! It seemed wrong to ask for a pay stub though. Is it common in the industry?
      Jul 24
    • Oath Atinlay2
      Totally common. You’re busted lying, that’s how it goes.
      Jul 24
  • Bloomberg Stan Ford
    Illegal in NY too.
    Jul 24 0
  • Cloudera dser54
    I think it is a common practice to ask for payslip during background verification.
    Jul 24 4
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      Never have that experience myself. Add sample size +1
      Jul 24
    • Symantec / Ops IFaz31
      Only to verify that they’ve worked there. If you’re asked this and have salary concerns, start redacting. They just need your name, company name, and date. Anything more and you can tell them to pound sand (if you’re in CA at least)
      Jul 24
    • Cloudera dser54
      I am currently going through this process. Since i did not want them to contact my current employer, i had to submit latest paystub. Just to clarify - i submitted the pay stub to a third party agency and not the company offering the job.
      Jul 24
    • Manulife Financial / Eng
      fkLeetcode

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      nice try - not going to dox myself
      fkLeetcodemore
      They straight up tell you to redact salary info when they did my bg check. We used Sterling backcheck.
      Jul 25
  • Symantec / Ops IFaz31
    If you’re in California, they can’t ask that and your partner doesn’t have to answer it. They certainly can’t demand proof. Your partner should respectfully decline. Recruiters under Yahoo should know better, you should be suspicious of them asking for that in the first place.
    Jul 24 0