Job seekers protected from salary history discussion in KC beginning Thursday

KMBZ News Staff
October 31, 2019 - 5:22 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new ordinance goes into effect Thursday, October 31 in KCMO which, will make employers asking job seekers for salary history information illegal in the city.

The ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council in May of 2019.

Wendy Doyle is the President and CEO of the Women's Foundation, an organization which led the charge for the ordinance. She told KMBZ it's a big win for workers in Kansas City, especially women. 

"One of our priorities is the inequity in pay between women and men," Doyle explained. "Banning salary history from employment applications is one strategy [to solving> a very complex problem."

Beginning Thursday, it is illegal for a potential employer to even ask about how much money you've made in the past.

This creates a challenge for those searching for a job: how does one approach a salary discussion?

"What could be an inappropriate question from a potential employer is, 'what are your salary requirements?'," Doyle said. "So that's a different conversation."

Doyle suggested turning the question back on an interviewer, instead asking what a salary range for a given position may be.

The new law will apply to all businesses in Kansas City, Missouri with six or more employees.

City leaders hope that it will help foster a more level playing field for workers when they're scoping out new employment band help close the gender pay gap. 

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