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DeLauro, Norton, Nadler, Speier Fight to Stop Federal Contractors from Seeking Salary History

November 29, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2016) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) in sending President Obama a letter urging him to take executive action to prohibit federal contractors from seeking the salary history of prospective employees.

The executive action would make further headway on eliminating the wage gap that women and people of color often encounter. Earlier this year, DeLauro cosponsored the Pay Equity for All Act (H.R. 6030), with Norton, Nadler, and Speier, to prohibit employers from asking prospective or current employees for their salary history before making a job or salary offer.

In their letter, the Members wrote, “Even though employers may not intentionally discriminate against applicants or employees based on gender, race or ethnicity, setting wages based on salary history reinforces the wage gap. Members of historically disadvantaged groups often start their careers with unfair and artificially low wages compared to their white male counterparts, allowing any disparities to be compounded from job to job. Our bill is still pending, and some states are considering similar salary history legislation. However, executive action is needed at the federal level and would reinforce the important initiatives you have already taken to eliminate the wage gap and promote equal pay.”

The full letter is available here.