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Closing the wage gap

Many jobs continue to pay women less than their male counterparts who are performing the same job duties. Legislation filed at the Statehouse would help close the wage gap between men and women.

Senate Bill 2333 would make it illegal for employers to ask their employees or applicants about their previous wage or salary history.

The legislation is based on a Massachusetts law passed in 2016, which in addition to banning requests for salary history, also promotes the use of employer-driven self-evaluation plans that would help individual employers to monitor their pay practices and fix any disparities that are not based on merit, seniority, production, or level of education.

Senate Bill 2333 is identical to legislation (Senate Bill 1039) filed last year, which was not allowed a committee hearing.

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