Reese Witherspoon

Salaries of TV's top stars revealed, from Reese Witherspoon to Dwayne Johnson

Salaries of TV's top stars revealed, from Reese Witherspoon to Dwayne Johnson

The state of California barred employers this year from asking prospective workers how much money they made in previous jobs. The new law was designed to redress wage disparity; women and minorities are often paid less than white men at early career stages, and that pay gap tends to stick with workers through the years.

The law has had a dramatic impact in television, where it has killed the long-enshrined quote system by which studios would determine what to offer an actor for a project based on his or her pay history. While studio executives say that the change has helped promote pay equality, it's one of several factors complicating the casting process in the current television...

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