Connelly sponsors legislation aiming to close the gender wage gap
In an attempt to narrow the gender wage gap in the work force, State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) announces his plan to refile Senate Bill 1039, which would make it illegal for employers to ask their employees or job applicants about their previous wage or salary history.
Employers asking for salary history is a major factor that contributes to women continuing to make less than men in the work place while performing the same job.
“A person’s salary should solely be based on merit. This bill aims to end the cycle of wage discrimination for female employees as they move from job to job, while also incentivizing the marketplace to analyze its practices and remediate any wage disparities,” said Sen. Connelly. “My legislation incentivizes what we are now seeing with Citigroup, which just announced that they will be boosting job compensation for women and minorities in an effort to close pay gaps. I am once again taking legislative action to encourage more companies to follow in their footsteps. To be sure, Citigroup joins Apple, Amazon, Adobe, Nike, Costco and many other major corporations that are making equal pay and pay transparency a part of corporate policy.”
Sen. Connelly said the bill is identical to a law passed in Massachusetts in 2016. Not only does the bill make it illegal to inquire about salary history from a prospective employee or former employer, but it also seeks to promote the use of employer-driven self-evaluation plans so that individual employers can monitor their pay practices and seek to fix any wage disparity that’s not based on merit, seniority, production, or level of education.
“While my previous legislation, SB 1039, wasn’t given a hearing in the Senate Labor Committee last year, I am hopeful that by continuing to draw attention to this critical issue, my Senate Democrat colleagues will give SB 2333 a full hearing this spring,” said Sen. Connelly.