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Google Case Puts Salary History Under Microscope

April 18, 2017, 9:51 PM

Google Inc. isn’t the only company that uses workers’ salary histories to help set compensation rates. However, the tech giant’s recent acknowledgment of that practice comes amid a rising debate over whether employers should be able to ask job applicants how much money they’re making.

Two Labor Department investigators testified before a DOL administrative law judge April 7 that Google officials said during an on-site inquiry that the company asks new hires about their most recent salaries and tries to beat those figures by as much as 20 percent. Although Google Compensation Director Frank Wagner largely denied those statements during...

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