NYC Pay History Ban May Face Legal Challenge, Official Says

Law360, New York (April 5, 2017, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The New York City Council on Wednesday approved legislation to ban employers from requesting or using job applicants’ salary history when making hiring decisions, a measure intended to address gender-based wage disparities. But New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, a key supporter, told Law360 that she expects a legal challenge from business groups.

The law, known as Introduction 1253-A, makes it illegal for any employer or employment agency in New York City to ask about an applicant’s salary history, including benefits, or search any publicly available records to obtain any such information.

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