N.J. may soon ban employers from asking your salary history


TRENTON -- New Jersey is one step closer to becoming the latest place to bar employers from asking job applicants to reveal their salary history. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly voted 49-19, with seven abstentions, Monday to approve the Democratic-controlled measure.

"'What were you making at your last job?' -- people ask that all the time," said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), a co-sponsor. 

Though the legislation (A3840/S2536) would apply to both genders, sponsors say it's designed to help close the pay gap between men and women.

"It can be anybody," Downey said. "But it really does help women the most. Because all through history, we have been making less. The idea is to not allow that to continue. Because it can continue through their whole career." 

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