Ethics not relevant. Request is unreasonable, especially for 7 years......never heard of such a thing. At the end of the day if you are asking for a salary and such salary is more or less than you were making in a prior life really has no bearing on what the employer has evaluated it is willing to pay a person with appropriate experience for the job posting. Seems to me that there must be some other reason you have not told us for the request as it does not compute as presented.
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I assume you are asking for a certain salary. They are asking you to justify it.
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Based upon the facts, this makes no legal sense. What type of opportunity is it?
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