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Employers soon prohibited from asking about wage history

December 9, 2017

By Chris Dolan : sfweekly – excerpt

Questions about salary history can perpetuate the pay gap between men and women…Salary history questions are very common, but as you point out, this practice can perpetuate the pay gap between men and women due to gender discrimination…

California has now enacted a legislative response to the Ninth Circuit decision, [that held that it is not necessarily improper to use past salary when considering a new employee’s pay rate] which will hopefully put all genders on equal footing.

On Oct. 12, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill banning employers from asking about salary history. The new law, which goes into effect in January, prohibits employers from “orally or in writing, personally or through an agent,” asking about an applicant’s previous wage history. Because this addresses the issue at the very first contact with a potential candidate, this prevents access to salary information that could perpetuate gender discrimination… (more)

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