When a Potential Employer Seems Unnervingly Nosy

from NYTs

I had an interview for a fantastic job. However, the prospective employer asked me to sign a form that says: “I expressly authorize my previous employers to provide information and opinions concerning my work and work habits.” It goes on to say that I will allow them to “provide salary history” and that I “release” them “and persons connected with any requests for information from all claims, liabilities, and damages for whatever reason, arising out of furnishing any information that may be sought in arriving at an employment decision.” I’m fine with providing references who have my permission to speak freely. But I’m not O.K. with giving permission to find out anything other than my dates of employment from other previous employers. I didn’t want to sign the form, but assumed they may not interview me if I don’t. What are my rights in this situation?

Moe here.

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