Eggman bill aimed at closing the gender wage gap passes Assembly

Monday, May 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Stockton Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman to ban employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants passed the Assembly on Monday with a strong, bipartisan majority.

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 passed from the Assembly Monday by a vote of 54-6, including votes for the bill from 10 Republican legislators.

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 a year more for every woman in the state.

“There are women entering the workforce today who could be behind for decades if we don’t end this practice,” Eggman said. “Today’s vote sends a powerful message that the economic inequality of women isn’t a partisan issue.”

The bill, which now moves to the Senate, exempts from protection salary information that is considered public under the California Public Records Act or the federal Freedom of Information Act. AB 186 is a priority bill for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. Other bills introduced this session targeting gender pay inequity include bills by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego, and Assemblymember Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove.