N.J. debates whether asking about previous salary is discriminatory


The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill intended to strengthen protections against employment discrimination. Assemblywoman Joann Downey said it would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their employment history.

"There's only one reason for that and that's to be able to pay a person less if they can. If a job is worth something, it's worth something to each and every person who comes in, especially a woman."

Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt says the measure is another opportunity to take down a barrier toward equal pay.

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