Is my employer allowed to confirm my salary information?

If I write on a credit application what my salary is and that creditor calls the payroll department at my work, is the payroll employee legally allowed to verify the amount that I stated that I made?

Posted 05-27-2014

Ann Kiernan replies:

While I have not seen the credit application you signed, most—if not all—applications include language such as:

My signature below authorizes Creditor to obtain information regarding my employment, savings accounts, and outstanding credit accounts (mortgages, auto loans, personal loans, charge cards, credit unions, etc.).

That would allow the creditor to verify the information you provided, and give the payroll department permission to release that information.

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.