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Massachusetts Is the First State to Outlaw This Common Hiring Practice

Massachusetts Is the First State to Outlaw This Common Hiring Practice

After Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed a bill prohibiting employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history on Monday, Massachusetts officially become the first state to outlaw this common hiring practice.

In the hopes of ending the ongoing cycle of disparity, this law seeks to close the wage gap in the state, bringing us one step closer to ending nationwide wage discrimination.

Described as "the most comprehensive law regarding the subject of equal pay," the law eliminates the need for "salary secrecy" and mandates for equal pay for equal work.

"I think it's incredibly apt that we would be one of the first states in the country here today to pass legislation," Governor Baker stated, adding that the bill will "ensure that people are paid what they are worth, based only on what they are worth."

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