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Congress Considers Nationwide Ban on Salary-History Questions

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The proposed Paycheck Fairness Act would prohibit employers nationwide from asking job applicants about their salary history and require employers to prove that pay disparities between men and women are job-related.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced the bill in January. It has been reintroduced many times since 1997 but has failed to pass both chambers of Congress.

Equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex, is a fundamental concept that has been a part of our law for more than half a century, but women still face barriers to equal pay, said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., during a joint hearing of two U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor subcommittees on Feb. 13.

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