Gov. Malloy And Lt. Gov. Wyman Commend The House For Approving Pay Equity Bill
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman are congratulating the Connecticut House of Representatives for their overwhelming 142-4 vote this afternoon in favor of legislation that aims to prevent unintended pay discrimination in the state. Under the bill, employers will be prohibited during a hiring process from inquiring about a prospective candidate’s previous salary history until an offer of employment with compensation has been offered.
“People deserve equal pay for equal work – it’s that simple,” Governor Malloy said. “This is an issue of fundamental economic fairness that hurts families and leads to greater societal inequities for women and people of color. This bill is an important step forward that would ban the practice of asking for salary history, which can disproportionately ensure that women who were underpaid at previous jobs continue to be underpaid throughout their careers. It would be a real and substantive step toward pay equity in our state, and I applaud the House of Representatives for passing this legislation. In particular, I’d like to thank Representative Robin Porter for her leadership and work on this issue and moving this bill forward.”
“Addressing wage discrimination is an economic imperative, and it’s the right thing to do,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “I applaud House members for ensuring this legislation moves forward. Right out of college, women face wage inequity, and that gap continues to widen over the course of a woman’s career. Salaries shouldn’t reflect the gender of the talent – this legislation helps move us in that direction.”
The legislation is House Bill 5386, An Act Concerning Various Pay Equity and Fairness Matters. It echoes the intent of a similar legislative proposal the Governor also introduced earlier this year (Senate Bill 15). The bill next moves to the Senate for consideration.
Office of Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman