You're having the interview of your life.
You seem to have the perfect answer for every question the HR person is throwing your way and beyond that, you seem to have an easy rapport with them. Everything is going perfectly until they ask the one question no one like to hear in an interview.
How much did you make in your last job?
The New York City Council doesn't like that question either. On Wednesday, the council approved legislation banning employers from asking job applicants, their former employers, or searching public records for their salary history.
Introduced by New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the measure will go a long way in helping to diminish the wage gap for women and people of color.
The thinking is that when an employer hears a prospective employee's current or previous salary, they often use it as a base to determine their own salary offer, continuing a cycle of underpaying women and minorities.
“Being underpaid once should not condemn one to a lifetime of inequity,” said James in a statement. “Today, the New York City Council passed my bill that will ban employers from asking about previous salary information, a practice that is known to perpetuate a cycle of wage discrimination. We will never close the wage gap unless we continue to enact proactive policies that promote economic justice and equity.”
James introduced the legislation in August 2016, after releasing a report that found that women in New York City earn approximately $5.8 billion less than men every year. The report showed that women of color were hurt even more by the gender wage gap, with Asian, Black, and Hispanic women earning 63 cents, 55 cents and 46 cents, respectively, for every dollar a white man in New York earns.
So with the bill, fittingly passed the day after Equal Pay Day, the day marking how long into 2017 women have to work to earn as much as men did in 2016, New York City joins Massachusets, Puerto Rico and the city of Philadelphia in banning the wage-gap inducing question from job interviews.
Here's to other cities and states taking note—and taking the question off the interview slate.