Cincinnati passes salary history ban

Earlier this month, Cincinnati, Ohio passed Ordinance No 0083-2019. This will make asking job applicants about their salary history or current earnings an illegal discriminatory practice for any company in the city.

The new ordinance prohibits Cincinnati employers from screening applicants based on wages, relying on salary history in hiring decisions, or refusing to hire an applicant who does not provide salary history.

In addition, it will ensure that job applicants in Cincinnati are offered employment and compensation based on job responsibilities and level of experience rather than on salary history to avoid perpetuating existing “Equal Pay” discrimination against women in the workforce.

Laws involving salary history bans also exist in states such as California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin. It’s a spreading movement and we will no doubt see more states following suit.

The salary history ban in Cincinnati, Ohio will take effect March 13, 2020.

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