Bill seeking to close gender pay gap passes Assembly

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“It’s 2017. I don’t understand why we’re even talking about this, but obviously we have to,” Assemblywoman Joann Downey said.

Downey wants to ban one of the age-old questions used during an applicant’s hiring process: what was your previous salary?

“What it’s intending to do is to make sure that we now try to bridge that gap between the inequity, the pay inequity between men and women, and this is a really big step toward doing that,” she said.

Her bill, already passed by the Assembly, will ban employers from inquiring about salary history. It amends the state law against discrimination prohibiting employers from screening an applicant based on past wages during any stage of hiring. She says, to level the playing field.

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