New York City Passes Law Preventing Employers from Asking One’s Salary History

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A fist shake to wage discrimination.

A busy New York City street

Congratulations, New York City workers. You’ll never have to reveal your salary history in a job interview again. Passed earlier this year, groundbreaking legislation bans employers from asking candidates about their previous pay packets. The law was designed to combat wage discrimination (in the US, women are paid, on average, 20 per cent less than their male counterparts – a gap that further widens when comparing the wages of Hispanic and black women to white men). “Being underpaid once should not condemn one to a lifetime of inequality,” said Letitia James, a public advocate who helped pioneer the New York City Council’s legislation. “We will never close the wage gap unless we continue to enact proactive policies that promote economic justice and equity.” With a similar law set to roll out in Massachusetts mid-next year, asking for salary history could soon be a thing of the past.

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