Question: I was reading your (Prudence) thoughts on LinkedIn on the ban on asking for salary history. I am starting to look for a new career and felt very uncomfortable filling that section out. I am in sales, good base but I get commission. What is best to do? Take an average over the last three years?
Prudence’s Answer: I think it depends on the state you’re in. If you aren’t in MA, WA, CA, OR, DE or NYC, where they can’t ask that question…then they’re looking for your exact earnings and are within their rights to ask for a W2.