Assembly passes bill to bar employers from asking job applicants’ prior pay

The California Assembly passed legislation Thursday that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants for their salary history.

The bill passed the lower house of the Legislature along party lines in a 45-26 vote to advance to the Senate.

Promoted as a law to help women break the glass ceiling, Assembly Bill 1676 could open up employers to civil lawsuits for asking job applicants what they made at their former place of employment. The bill would also require an employer to provide job candidates with the pay scale for a particular position. The new rules would not apply to government employees.

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