Do I have the right to opt out of the sharing of my wage information to a 3rd party?

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Do I have the right to opt out of the sharing of my wage information to a 3rd party?

My employer wants to outsource employment verification to Equifax. To do this the company will send Equifax a file every week that includes pay rate, regular wages, overtime, vacation and bonus pay along with year to date information.

Asked on August 26, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not have the right to opt out of this. While your wage or salary information may seem personal or private, it is not actually confidential or private the way certain other information, like a social security number or certain health or medical information, is. and is not protected from disclosure. Anyone who knows this information, like your employer, may share it with others. Also, employers may set the terms and conditions of employment, such as that a third party vendor helps with payroll, accounting. etc., and can make sharing of this information required for employment.


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