Bill forbidding salary history questions clears Connecticut House

Bill forbidding salary history questions clears Connecticut House

The Westerly Sun

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut is moving closer toward prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their salary history. The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 142-4 in favor of such “pay equity” legislation.

Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, said the legislation would help ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work. Porter and other proponents argue that asking for someone’s salary history can disproportionately harm women. If they were underpaid at previous jobs, women could then face being underpaid throughout their careers.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association said it supports the legislation, even though it marks a “significant change” in the hiring process. CBIA said the bill stemmed from “discussions and compromise between multiple parties, including the business community.”

The bill awaits Senate action.


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