Comply With Salary History Inquiry Laws

Key Points

  • Several states and municipalities prohibit an employer from asking about, seeking or considering a job applicant's salary history during the recruiting and hiring process.
  • Salary history questions may perpetuate past discrimination and lead to pay differences between men and women for performing comparable work. The rationale behind these laws is that if salary history inquiries are prohibited, then applicants who may have been underpaid will not have their past compensation used against them.
  • Employers subject to these laws need to ensure that their job applications are in compliance and that HR and managers are not seeking the prohibited information when interviewing job candidates.

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