Hartford – State Representative Scott Storms (R-60) 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. The legislation will prevent employers from asking a prospective employee about their wage history.
“I was proud to support this effort and join my colleagues in moving this bill forward. Women can be trapped by their wage history when applying for other jobs, leading to lower compensation,” said Rep. Storms. “Removing questions about wage history will prevent unintended discrimination whereby an employee is hired and paid according to previous positions and not the job they are currently performing. This bill will help our state keep our commitment to equal pay for equal work.”
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. Storms 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.