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Philadelphia employers will be banned from asking salary history

Residents of Philadelphia will no longer be required to disclose salary history on a job application or during an interview. The city is taking one step closer to decreasing the wage-gap by being the first city in the U.S. to ban employers from asking about salary history.

The U.S. Census Bureau says that on average, women make 21 cents less on every dollar made by men.

How will employers base their salary offers?

The hope is that applicants will be offered salaries based on their skill set, experience and what the job is worth. Women and minorities are typically given lower salaries at their first job; this perpetuates future employers to pay them less based on their salary history. Philadelphia is taking strides to compel fair and equal compensation for all employees regardless of their gender, sexual preference, age or race.

Will other states put a ban on salary questions?

While Philadelphia is the first city in the nation to put a ban on asking about salary history, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also introduced similar bills into legislation.

What is the consequence for employers who don't comply?

Any applicant who feels an employer has violated this law needs to file a complaint within 300 days of the alleged infraction. Employers who continue to require salary history during the application process could be forced to pay a $2,000 fine along with other damages and any associated court fees.

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