Eggman bill would ban employers from seeking applicants’ salary history

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A bill introduced Tuesday by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman would ban employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants, a practice that contributes to women being paid less than their male co-workers.

The bill, AB 168, prohibits employers from asking for or looking for the salary history of a job applicant, either personally or through an intermediary. A provision also requires employers to disclose to an applicant, upon request, the pay scale for a position.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, women in the U.S. are paid about $.80 for every $1.00 paid to men. A similar disparity exists even between men and women in the same fields and with the same levels of education.

“Using salary history to determine compensation perpetuates a system that pays women less than their male counterparts,” said Assemblymember Eggman, D-Stockton. “This gives women the power to determine for themselves where they start negotiating.”

The bill exempts from protection salary information that is considered public under the California Public Records Act or the federal Freedom of Information Act. It builds on previous legislation authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and former San Jose Assemblywoman Nora Campos.