Reference tells salary
My boss left my current company 2 weeks ago. I went for an interview and put him as reference for me. The company i was applying for asked him how much i made. Ex boss said in the 50's. The position i am aplying for is 55-70k i have good experience and good fit for job. I told new employer i make 63k. HR said ok and i'm sure you'll want a bit more than that...i said that would be nice. I got an offer of 62k 1k less than what i said i was making. Is this illegal to ask a reference how much i make and reference telling them?