Salary History Bans Across the Country

An increasing number of states are banning salary history inquiries during the interview process.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed the state’s Pay Equity Bill into law, and Vermont’s salary history ban will go into effect on July 1, 2018. States that have already banned salary history inquiries include California, Delaware, and Massachusetts.


In Connecticut, the legislation is “designed to prevent wage discrimination and close the pay gaps based on gender and race”, according to Westfair Online.

Similar to other laws around the country, “employers cannot directly ask an employee about previous salary history, and employers cannot forbid an employee from inquiring about the wages of employees within the same company or organization.”


JD Supra outlines that Vermont’s law will limit “employers’ ability to inquire about an applicant’s salary history, either directly from the applicant or from the applicant’s past employers. Employers will also be prohibited from determining whether to interview a candidate based on his or her salary history.”

If, however, a candidate volunteers salary history information, the employer “can confirm the information after making an offer of employment that includes compensation information”.

For an up-to-date list on the states and localities with salary history bans in place, please click here.

For more on Connecticut’s Pay Equity Bill, please click here.

For more on Vermont’s legislation, please click here.

The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article in JD Supra on May 21, 2018, written by Sarah Platt and John G. Stretton of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Steward, P.C.

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