New York State Laws
Additional State Laws
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two bills that are designed to prevent gender-based wage discrimination. Upon signing, the governor stated: "There is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid.” The two laws are known as the Pay Equity Bill and the Salary History Bill.
Assembly Bill A8093A: The Pay Equity Bill
This bill states: “No employee WITH STATUS WITHIN ONE OR MORE PROTECTED CLASS OR CLASSES shall be paid a wage at a rate less than the rate at which an employee [of the opposite sex] WITHOUT STATUS WITHIN THE SAME PROTECTED CLASS OR CLASSES in the same establishment is paid for:”
Exceptions are allowed for:
Senate Bill S6549: The Salary History Bill
This bill prohibits New York employers from asking job seekers about their salary history for the purpose of “a job interview, job application, job offer, or promotion.” It states:
At the request of any person previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses who has been denied a license or employment, a public agency or private employer shall provide, within thirty days of a request, a written statement setting forth the reasons for such denial.
New York employers may not consider an applicant’s credit history except for positions that are exempted from that law.
Background checks that New York employers use when making hiring decisions cannot contain:
Effective August 5, 2017Employers Are Prohibited From Asking About Salary History
Effective August 5, 2017The New York City Commission On Human Rights (NYCCHR) Approved An Updated Version Of The Fair Chance Act (FCA)