(WGEM) — Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday banning employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.
The new law, taking effect in 60 days, also ensures employees can freely talk with coworkers about their salary, benefits or other compensation, which is banned or discouraged in some companies.
“The hiring process serves one purpose and one purpose alone: finding the best person for the job at hand,” Pritzker said. “It’s no longer acceptable to wring quality work out of capable women at a discounted rate.”
Women in Illinois make up almost half the workforce but earn 79 percent of men earn, according to a release from the Governor’s office Wednesday.
In the release, the Governor took aim at the United States Soccer Federation over the pay disparity between the United State’s men’s and women’s national soccer team. The women’s team recently defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to win the Women’s World Cup.