Eggman bill aimed at closing the gender wage gap heads to Governor Brown
SACRAMENTO – A bill by Stockton Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman to ban employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants gained final legislative approval today and will now head to the Governor’s desk.
The bill, Assembly Bill 168, prohibits employers from asking for or seeking the salary history of a job applicant, either personally or through an intermediary. It also requires employers to disclose to an applicant, upon request, the pay scale for a position.
It received final legislative approval as the Assembly – on a bipartisan vote of 55 to 14 – voted to concur on minor amendments taken in the Senate.
“The practice of seeking or requiring the salary history of job applicants helps perpetuate wage inequality that has spanned generations of women in the workforce. AB 168 empowers women to determine for themselves where they start negotiating,” Eggman said.
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. In California alone, women who are employed full-time would earn $39 billion more per year if they were paid as much as their male colleagues – which works out to $8,000 per year more for every woman in the state.
AB 168 was identified as a priority bill by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. “Using prior salary to determine future earnings only allows employers to continue pay inequality to women; keeping women, particularly women of color, on an unequal path,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the caucus.