Prospective employer request for household income Started by Trixie219 , Jan 30 2014 12:05 PM Please log in to reply 5 replies to this topic 2 posts Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:05 PM My husband is applying for a job online. One of the questions is "what is your household income for the 90 days prior to hiring, or today if not hired yet?". Is this legal to ask? What right do they have to know my income or anyone else in our home? I'm not applying for the job, nor are our kids. If they want to know my husband's current salary, that's one thing (he's unemployed so it doesn't really matter), but my income is none of their business. Am I wrong? If not, is there a graceful way to get around this question? 2,653 posts Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:43 PM Depends on your state laws (and you haven't thought to reveal it) but off the top of my head I don't see anything illegal about asking for household income.
Your husband is free to decline to provide it and look elsewhere for employment. Warning: Legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here are simplified and might not fully explain the ramifications of your particular issue. I am not a lawyer. I do not give legal advice. I make comments based on my knowledge and experience. I guarantee nothing. If you act on my comments without the advice of an attorney, you do so at your own risk. 2 posts Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:53 PM Thanks for your response. We are in California. My husband has been unemployed (except for some temp positions) since 2008 and this position just happens to inline with his dream job. I wouldn't want him to miss out on a good opportunity. I just don't understand why an employer would need to know my income. 280 posts Posted 30 January 2014 - 01:40 PM You might be overthinking this a bit. I have seem lots of employment applications that ask for the current salary or http://theworkerscompensationdirectory.com/ rate of pay. Usually, the intent is to capture the income level of the applicant at his previous position. The presumption is that you could evalaute a candidate's level of experience by the salary he or she is working. If I told you my last job paid $20,000 per year, but I am applying for a position that paid $250,000, that could raise a red flag. Maybe I don't have the right experience or skills for the $250,000 position if I could only get an employer to pay me $20,000. I'd treat this as asking only for my personal income. 58,363 posts Posted 30 January 2014 - 02:19 PM Dumplin, the person indicates the prospective employer wants to know *household* income -- as in what she (gender presumed) makes. There won't be a law prohibiting the question (in fact, there's no such thing as an illegal question as such, though asking certain things would be dumb and could indicate unlawful discrimination). Poster, if your husband wants the job bad enough, he'll dance/play and answer. (Of course, it's a damn odd question because the job should be worth X and it's not really their business what you make.)
A graceful way to nudge whomever would be to say "I'll be happy to tell you, but I'm curious; why is it that you want to know?" I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://boards.answers.findlaw.com/index.php/topic/229081-prospective-employer-request-for-household-income/