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Building Momentum! Equal Pay Win in Maryland

Written by Monika Dymerski

On May 8, 2020, Maryland became the latest state to pass legislation banning employer inquiry into or reliance on prior salary. Since the election in 2016, a total of 16 states, 17 cities and Puerto Rico have passed laws or executive orders prohibiting employers from asking about or relying on prior salary.  

Maryland’s win builds on their existing salary history ban restricted to Montgomery County. Now, with a statewide law on the books, all employers are banned from seeking or relying on salary history, unless voluntarily provided by the applicant. Also important for increasing pay transparency, the new law, House Bill 123, requires employers to provide a job applicant the salary range for a position upon request. These provisions mirror laws in other states, such as California. 

ERA, with our partners in the Women’s Agenda Initiative, is committed to supporting our partners across the country in their policy and advocacy efforts on this important issue. Hear from Jessica Stender, Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy at Equal Rights Advocates, on how salary history bans help close the gender wage gap here


Resource Summary


AB 1676

2018 | Equal Pay, Fair Pay, Pay Transparency, Prior Salary

STATUS: Enacted

This bill amended the California Equal Pay Act to provide that prior salary could not, by itself, justify any disparity in compensation under the bona fide factor exception under the Act.

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New York

NY S6549

2019 | Fair Pay, Prior Salary

STATUS: Enacted

Prohibits private-sector employers from asking about or relying on the prior salary of applicants or current employees, with some exceptions.

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