Talking about salary with potential employers

is difficult.

House Bill 2462 is being lauded by proponents as a tool to help reduce discrimination against women by ensuring that the wage offered for a new position isn't based on the unequal wage a women is earning at her current position. 

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"If you base a new salary on a previous salary where women weren't making as much as men, you're just perpetuating that inequity," said Melissa Josephs, director of equal opportunity policy at Women Employed, a women's advocacy organization.

43rd District State Rep. Anna Moeller, from Elgin introduced House Bill 2462.  The measure would bar employers from asking job applicants for prior wage or salary history unless it's already public information or the applicant is moving within the company. Moeller and other supporters say this would help curb wage discrimination against women by ensuring an employer's salary offer isn't based on an unequal wage.

It amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 prohibiting an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant's prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer.