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To boost gender pay equity, Emanuel bans city departments from asking job applicants for salary history

To boost gender pay equity, Emanuel bans city departments from asking job applicants for salary history

Applicants for jobs with the city of Chicago can no longer be asked about their salary history, part of a growing effort nationwide to improve pay equality between men and women.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed the executive order Tuesday to mark Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into the year women must work, on average, to earn as much as men did the previous year. The order comes as Illinois lawmakers consider two competing pieces of legislation that aim to close the wage gap by prohibiting employers from asking job candidates what they’ve earned in the past, resurrecting the issue after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed such a bill last year.

It also comes the same week a...

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