assembly Bill A5982

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Prohibits employers from seeking salary history from prospective employees

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Jan 06, 2016 referred to governmental operations
Mar 09, 2015 referred to governmental operations

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A5982 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6342
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง296, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
A6680

A5982 - Summary

Prohibits employers from seeking salary history from prospective employees; establishes a public awareness campaign.

A5982 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5982

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              March 9, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. CRESPO, JAFFEE, COOK, RIVERA, JOYNER, MONTESANO,
  COLTON, SIMON, BROOK-KRASNY, MOSLEY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of  A.
  CERETTO,  CLARK  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Govern-
  mental Operations

AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting  employers
  from seeking salary history from prospective employees

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent.  The legislature hereby finds that  New
York should lead the nation in preventing wage discrimination.
  The  wage  gap  between  men  and  women is one of the oldest and most
persistent effects of inequality between the sexes in the United States.
  The 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 1964 Civil Rights  Act  in  the  United
States established the legal right to equal pay for equal work and equal
opportunity. Yet half a century later, women are still subjected to wage
gaps and paid less then men.
  The  concept  of  comparable worth attacks the problem of gender-based
wage discrimination by mandating  that  jobs  characterized  by  similar
levels of education, skill, effort, responsibilities, and working condi-
tions  be compensated at similar wage levels regardless of the gender of
the worker holding the job.
  The goal of pay equity is to raise the wages for undervalued jobs held
predominantly by women.   Today, women make  only  77  cents  per  every
dollar  earned  by  a  man for a comparable job, a gender wage gap of 23
percent.
  This translates into thousands of dollars of lost wages each year  for
each  female worker, money that helps them feed their families, save for
a college education and afford decent and safe housing.
  Pay disparities affect women of all ages, races, and education levels,
but are more pronounced for women  of  color.  Minority  women  make  as
little as 54 cents per dollar for a comparable job held by a man.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06362-01-5

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