03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is praising Gov. JB Pritzker’s move to fight for working families across Illinois.

Earlier this week, Pritzker issued an executive order that will help close the pay gap for women and lift up middle class working families in the state by no longer asking prospective employees questions about their salary history.

“It’s plain and simple – a person’s salary should be based on their merit and experience,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The governor’s actions will help move us toward ending an ineffective system that discriminated against women, minorities and other disfranchised groups for generations. The next step is for us all to work together to institute a meaningful solution that takes his actions at the state level and expands it to all businesses in Illinois.”

Bertino-Tarrant has pledged to reintroduce her measure from the 100th General Assembly that would make it illegal for employers to ask their employees or job applicants about their previous wage or salary history. She plans to work with business groups such as the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to find a compromise that moves Illinois forward.

“It’s unfair to categorize all of Illinois’ businesses as malicious actors,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “There is a societal issue on hand that needs to be fixed with solid steps that guarantee all businesses do the right thing.”   

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure is similar to laws in Oregon and Massachusetts that will make it illegal to inquire about salary history, but it also seeks to promote the use of employer-driven self-evaluation plans so that individual employers can monitor their pay practices and seek to fix any wage disparity that is not based on merit, seniority, production or level of education.

The executive order will also require that the Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Human Rights shall review the state’s pay plan to eliminate bias generated by asking employees for salary history, which often disadvantages women, particularly women of color.

The measure has yet to be reintroduced in the 101st General Assembly.

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