Some states are banning the 'salary' question in job interviews
Several states and cities across the U.S. are banning the most dreaded question in any job interview: What's your current, or most recent, salary?
The question has now been removed in order to stop perpetuating the gender pay gap, with Census Bureau data showing women earned 80 cents for every dollar men earned.
Although certain companies find this new law an intrusion to their businesses, this shift isn't entirely new.
Philadelphia follows a similar policy going into effect in New York City by 2018 and one in Massachusetts, which is scheduled to be implemented next July.
Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York state, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont are considering similar measures, according to law firm Fisher & Phillips.
Some states will also allow employers to voluntarily discuss their wages in order for women to be able to file a challenge if necessary.
Banning the question of previous salaries will also help stop companies from putting a price on the employee and instead pricing the position offered.
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