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Tell your legislators: Support equal pay for women and people of color!

March 5, 2019

Right now, lawmakers in Annapolis are considering SB 738/HB 634, an important bill that would prohibit employers from seeking and using a job applicant’s salary history to determine pay, a practice that perpetuates the wage gaps women and people of color face in their careers. But this legislation may not move forward unless they hear from you now.

Tell your state legislators to pass SB 738/HB 634 today! You can find your legislators and their contact information at mdelect.net.

Salary history is not a neutral factor by which to set pay or determine an applicant’s qualifications for a position. Relying on salary history in the hiring process can:

  • Force women and people of color—who are generally paid less than white, non-Hispanic men—to carry lower earnings and pay discrimination from job to job.
  • Penalize those who reduced their work hours in prior jobs to care for children or other family members.
  • Depress wages for individuals who have previously worked in nonprofits or the public sector and are moving into higher paying fields.

By prohibiting the harmful use of salary history in the hiring process, the bill would help eliminate the cycle of underpaying women and people of color.
The bill also requires employers to provide a job applicant the salary range for a position upon request. Research shows this sort of transparency gives applicants the information they need to negotiate which, in turn, narrows gender wage gaps.

Let’s get SB 738/HB 634 passed and make meaningful change in the wage gap.
For more information about the PJC’s work on this bill, contact Ashley Black at (410) 625-9409 x224 or blacka@publicjustice.org. For general inquiries about legislation, contact John Nethercut at (410) 625-9409 x238 or nethercutj@publicjustice.org.

You can also learn more about this bill on this fact sheet from the National Women's Law Center.

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