Employers in this City Can No Longer Ask Applicants for a Salary History

By Sahid Fawaz

If you live in New York, there is now one less piece of information that you have to give employers.

The NBC affiliate for New York reports:

“New York City employers can no longer ask job applicants about their salary history, according to a new law that went into effect Tuesday.

Mayor de Blasio signed the bill into law on May 4.

The mayor said he hoped the new law will help eliminate the gender wage gap so that women with lower paying jobs won’t face continued lower salary offers.

The city’s public advocate Letitia James sponsored the law and said earlier this year the wage gap deprives New York City women $5.8 million in potential earnings every year.

Applicants are encouraged to file a complaint with the city’s Human Rights Commission if they believe a potential employer violated the law. Fines could be imposed up to $250,000.”

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