New Jersey employers banned from asking for salary history

This is probably the most exciting news I’ve read this year. I’ve always felt awkward answering these questions and even had a few people ask me to justify my ask.

“Employers should be hiring and paying potential employees for the experience and qualifications they have with respect to the demands of the specific position,” New Jersey Sen. Loretta Weinberg said of that state’s new law. “Knowing how much they were paid in the past is irrelevant and often times leads to a cycle of pay inequity. By eliminating inquiries of salary history, we can help curb wage discrimination based not only on gender, but also race, age and other characteristics.” Philadelphia Voice

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0 thoughts on “New Jersey employers banned from asking for salary history”

    1. A potential employer can ask about your salary expectations. That’s reasonable. If you think the new job is worth $$$, ask for $$$. What they can’t do is ask your current salary, you say $$ and they offer your $$+20%. But even before this law, I have been in a habit of hanging up on recruiters or HR who ask.

  1. @mangochutney it’s been in practice since before I started working (25 years). It’s either done in a pre-screening “interview” with HR or a recruiter. Whenever I have refused to provide it, I was told I would be removed from consideration. I’ve only ever worked for fortune 500 companies.

    1. @mangochutney it’s been in practice since I started working 25 years ago. In my experience, the question has been asked in a pre-screening “interview” with HR or a recruiter. On several occasion when I have refused to provide salary history, I was told I would be removed from consideration. I’ve only ever worked for fortune 500 companies so I can only surmise it’s a common practice.

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