Uncle Sam Wants a Seat at Your Salary Negotiation

You find a job you want. After a great interview, the company is ready to make you offer. If one member of the House of Representatives has her way, your employer will be missing a key piece of information. Your salary history.

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will co-sponsor a bill prohibiting employers from asking for an applicant’s salary history. A similar bill has already passed Massachusetts and is under consideration the New York City Council.

The purpose of the federal bill is to limit the impact of historical pay differences between men and women as well as various minority groups. Representative Norton asserts that

“Despite years of progress, women are still paid 79 cents to a man’s dollar and we must do more in our fight for full equality.”

The statistic cited by Representative Norton has been…



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