Atlanta bans pay history questions on city job applications

Posted at 1:34 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 13:34:18-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor says the city is no longer asking job applicants about pay history.

News outlets report Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms banned the questions Monday in an effort to prevent wage discrimination and close the gender pay gap.

The mayor says it's an extension of "ban the box" measures, but over salaries instead of criminal history. Five years ago, Atlanta passed rules that no longer require people with convictions to disclose such information on applications.

Bottoms says salary history can often trap employees in unfair earnings cycles based on the past rather than their skills. She says she hopes other cities and the state will follow her lead.

News outlets cite research saying women earn roughly 80 cents for every dollar men do. The gap widens for women of color.