In March 2019, the City of Cincinnati became the latest in a small but growing list of states and municipalities prohibiting employers from asking prospective employees about their prior compensation. Citing concerns about the perpetuation of pay discrimination against women in the workforce, the legislation bars Cincinnati employers with 15 or more employees from asking applicants for positions in Cincinnati for their salary histories.
What does the law say?
The law prohibits employers from:
- Asking for information about an applicant’s current or prior compensation, including salary, benefits, and other compensation, such as bonuses
- Screening applicants based on their salary histories