In recognition of National Equal Pay Day, I introduced legislation today that will help close the gender pay gap in San Francisco.
The policy prohibits employers from asking a potential employee about their past salary. Using past salary to set an employee’s wage is problematic because it perpetuates the gender wage gap. Women who are underpaid in previous jobs will continue to be underpaid in the future jobs as a result. We have to stop this cycle.
Studies have shown that when women are required to disclose past salary information as part of the application and salary negotiation process that they often end up at a significant disadvantage. Employers should pay everyone the same salary based on their qualifications and the job, not their past salary.
I'm proud to push for hiring practices that bring us closer to equal pay for all. Join me in supporting this important legislation.
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