Ban this sort of salary descrimination in America!!

AAUW Action Network

Urge your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Pay Equity for All Act

It’s commonplace in the working world for employers to ask about previous wages, and to use that information to set wages in a new job. But this seemingly innocuous practice can actually have major repercussions. Why? Because it can contribute to the perpetuation of the pay gap many women and people of color face in their careers.

Relying on an individual’s salary history to set her future wage assumes that those prior salaries were fairly established. But if a worker faced a pay gap (and thus lost wages) at one job – perhaps because of bias or even outright discrimination – basing her next job’s salary on the one prior only continues that pay gap. 

Click here to tell your Representative salary history has got to go!

The Pay Equity for All Act (H.R. 2418) would ban the use of salary history in the hiring process. That’s because salary history questions can introduce bias and discrimination into the recruitment process of a company earnestly trying to avoid it. What does prior pay have to do with a worker’s ability to perform in this new position? And shouldn’t a worker be compensated based on what her skills (and the job in question) are worth to the new company, rather than based on a different job she did in the past?

Use of salary histories ensures bias and discrimination follow workers wherever they go, whatever their job, no matter their abilities. Curtailing this practice will go a long way in our fight for pay equity. 

Urge your Representative to co-sponsor the Pay Equity for All Act (H.R. 2418) and help to close the wage gap!

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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