Posted on April 20, 2018 by admin
Hartford – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) voted in favor of HB 5386 ‘An Act Concerning Various Pay Equity and Fairness Matters’ on Thursday, April 19th. The legislation was a bi-partisan effort introduced in the Labor Committee to address factors that lead to the income gap between men and women.
A leading factor in the pay gap is caused by inquiring about salary history during the hiring process. Women have historically been hired at a lower wage and thus asking about their current salary just perpetuates their lower salary ranges. The legislation will prevent employers from asking a prospective employee about their wage history.
“I was happy to join this bi-partisan effort for pay-equity,” said Rep. Simanski. “The consideration of wage history when determining pay for new employees has contributed to the income disparity between men and women. Removing this factor will put all new employees on a more equal footing when applying for jobs. Salary should be based on the position and a person’s qualifications, not what a person is currently earning.”
The legislation passed the Labor Committee 13-0 and was amended on the House Floor to address concerns from the business community; it passed the House 142-4. Rep. Simanski also co-sponsored the measure which will now head to the Senate for a vote. To track this bill or other legislation visit www.cga.ct.gov.