NYC Poised to Ban Firms From Asking Job Candidates About Pay

In a vote this week, the New York City approved legislation that will ban employers from asking job applicants about what they make in their current or past job and could have far-reaching consequences beyond the city as employers try to standardize their practices. From a report: “This bill will go a long way in addressing wage disparities women — and particularly women of color — face,” said Public Advocate Letitia James, who sponsored the measure. White women in New York earn on average 84 percent of what white men earn, while Asian women earn 63 percent, black women earn 55 percent and Hispanic women just 46 percent, according to a report from the advocate’s office, based on U.S. Census data. Asking about pay in a job interview hurts women who may start from a lower level than male candidates — an effect that compounds over time. “It perpetuates discrimination,” James said. “And it has an effect on their pensions as well.”

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