How many applications have you completed that asked about salary or wage at previous jobs? Or, maybe I should frame the question, how many applications have NOT asked you this question? Several applications ask job candidates to disclose their salary at prior places of employment as a means to understand what their expectations may be and what may be a good starting salary for the candidate. However, this soon may be a question you’ll need to be cautious asking job candidates.
In a landmark decision, Massachusetts recently passed a pay equity law. This law requires employers to pay men and women equally for comparable work. They define “comparable work” as work situations that require substantially similar skill, effort, and responsibility and work that is performed under similar conditions. This ruling makes it very clear that it is unlawful to discriminate by providing genders different wages.