A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation’s most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants’ previous salaries and benefits.
The salary privacy bill, was enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, Oct. 12, at a celebratory signing ceremony at Women’s Empowerment, a nonprofit for homeless women.
The measure is part of a package of bills “paving the way for a better, more inclusive, healthier California,” Brown said, surrounded by members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.
“Women will no longer be asked about their prior salaries,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), the caucus chair, told the gathering. “What some people think is a simple question has been a barrier to equal pay.”
The new law applies to both men and women. But it is mainly aimed at countering discrimination which can follow women from job to job.
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