California Laws on Equal Pay

California has some of the strongest protections in the nation guaranteeing that employees receive equal pay for similar work.

These laws are designed to narrow the gender pay gap and end discriminatory pay practices, particularly against women and racial and ethnic minorities.

Following the lead of a few other states, California passed a salary history ban that takes effect on January 1, 2018. The law, which applies to all California employers, prohibits employers from:

– asking applicants about their current or past salaries or benefits
– seeking such information from other sources or through an agent, or
– relying on such information to decide whether to offer a job or what salary to offer.

This means employers can no longer ask questions like “What is your current salary?” on a job application or other written forms. Nor can an employer ask an applicant what he or she is currently making or used to make at previous jobs. The law also requires employers to provide an applicant with a pay scale for the position upon receiving a reasonable request.

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