Pass the “Ban the Salary History Question” Bill in New York State
Asking prospective employees about their past salary leads to gendered wage discrimination.
In honor of Equal Pay Day, New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef introduced comprehensive legislation (A.6707/S.5233) that would prohibit employers in New York State from forcing potential employees to disclose their salary history. The salary history question enables employees to underpay women and minorities because employers use a potential employee’s past wage to determine what salary to offer.
Assemblywoman Galef explained why the salary history question must be banned: “A longstanding practice of employers during the hiring process, the salary history inquiry is a hidden, yet pervasive form of discrimination. It is often perpetuated without any knowledge or malice. Many employers will claim that asking about prior compensation is a reasonable exercise that allows them a means of gauging how likely a candidate will be to accept an offer and has no foundation in discrimination. However, even a company policy that is gender neutral on its face like one that gives qualified candidates 10% over their last salary is complicit in furthering workplace bias. By banning the question during the hiring process, employers will be required to offer jobs and compensation to prospective employees based on their own skills, merit and demands of the job, not gender, race or ethnicity.”
Banning the salary history question is the next step we need to take in the fight to end the pay gap—we must pressure New York State legislators to pass Assemblywoman Galef’s bill.
- New York State Assembly Sponsor: Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
- New York State Senate Sponsor: Senator David Carlucci
- Bill Number: (A.6707/S.5233)
Here’s how you can take action to ensure that the salary history question is banned in New York State:
Here’s what you can say:
Hello, I’m a constituent of _____, and I want to ensure that Representative _____ is supporting the bill to ban the salary history question in New York State. The salary history question negatively perpetuates the gender pay gap and must be banned. Thank you.
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