by Matt Landers, GSBA Public Policy & Communications Manager
| Jan 25, 2018
GSBA's mission is to combine business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the LGBT community
and those who support equality for all. We know that LGBT people across the board earn less than straight men, with even greater disparities when intersected with gender, race, and other factors (National LGBTQ Task Force
, Center for American Progress
, Williams Institute
). For that reason, GSBA is supporting the Equal Pay Opportunity Act
, SB 5140
) and HB 1533
which would prohibit employers from seeking job applicants' wage and salary history or requiring that the wage or salary meet certain criteria.
As an organization concerned with the economic opportunities of the LGBT community, we know that using a prior salary to set a future one serves only to perpetuate disparities and discrimination. Employees should be paid according to the work that they currently do, not according to the work they did at another establishment.
As a business organization, GSBA also wants to ensure that the regulations put in place are realistic and actionable, and not detrimental to the workplace. When first approached about the Equal Pay Opportunity Act several years ago, we had certain concerns about HR staff requirements and privacy of employee data. We want to thank bill sponsor Representative Tana Senn for hearing those concerns and addressing them in subsequent versions.