Latimer signs bill aimed at closing gender wage gap

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Westchester has become the second county in the state that bans employers from asking previous job salaries of job applicants.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed into law Monday the bill aimed at closing the gender wage gap.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously passed what they call the Wage History Anti-Discrimination Bill by a vote of 16-0 Monday evening, which made it possible for Latimer to sign the measure into law on National Equal Pay Day.

Lawmakers say the new law allows applicants who have been systemically underpaid, like women and people of color, to negotiate a salary based on their qualifications rather than being measured by their previous salary.

This signing comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to pass a similar law on the state level.

Several states, including Massachusetts, Delaware and California, have passed similar laws. In New York, the state Senate and Assembly are both considering similar bills.

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