New Law in NYC: Employers Can’t Ask Salary History of Job Applicants

New Law in NYC: Employers Can’t Ask Salary History of Job Applicants

Details on Executive Order 21, also know as #EqualPayNYC

Effective 10/31/17, employers in NYC are prohibited from asking job candidates about their salary history during the hiring process. Candidates may still offer their salary history if they wish, as long as they were not prompted to do so. This is an amendment to the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).

Combating Wage Discrimination and Gender Pay Gaps

States passing laws prohibiting questions about a candidate’s salary history are doing so in an effort to combat wage discrimination and gender pay gaps.


Employers who ignore this new lay may be subject to civil penalties ranging from $125,000 to $250,000.


HR Questions? Let’s Talk

If you have questions about this NYC law or any similar proposed legislation in your area, please contact a FosterThomas HR expert.


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