The “please provide your salary history” request is so common among interviewing employers that job applicants have long accepted it as a fair and legitimate employment practice. In truth, job applicants are unfairly prejudiced by salary history demands in several ways.

In addition to unfair negotiation and privacy concerns that affect all applicants, a demand for salary history is especially discriminatory to women whose historically depressed salaries and wages are perpetuated by the use of those figures.