NYC bans salary history inquiries

New York City has become the latest jurisdiction to ban asking about levels of current and past salary — an obviously rational and business-related inquiry in many cases — in hopes that maybe somehow the result will be to level female applicants’ salary offerings up (and not anyone’s down, of course.) “Nor will employers be able to search public records to discover a candidate’s payment history. (How that is enforced remains to be seen.)” [William D. Cohan, New York Times]


  • With a fine of $125,000 for an inadvertent violation it seems the safest thing to do is to outsource your hiring process. I wonder what employment firm got this passed.

    • Don’t bet that they wouldn’t hold you liable for violations by whomever you outsource your hiring to.