To the Editor:
Our “good ole boy,” Carhartt-wearing governor vetoed yet another bill that had bipartisan support last week. The “No Salary History” bill passed, 91-24, in the House, 35-18, in the Senate.
The purpose of this bill was to narrow the pay gap between men and women by keeping discriminatory salary data from following a woman as she changes jobs. Why does an employer need to know what a prospective employee made at their last position?
Employers should look at education, skills, experience, personality and overall qualifications, then make a decision based on that information. If it is a fair offer, and otherwise a good fit, it will likely be accepted, or perhaps negotiations will ensue.
Regardless, a job offer should not be based on what someone made at their last job. Perhaps they have changed careers, or completed a degree, or have moved and regional salaries are different. Many people complained about the income tax increase that was passed in July to the tune of 1.25 percent. But the average woman makes 6 percent less than an equally qualified male right out of college and only 79 cents to a man’s dollar in Illinois. That’s the equivalent of a 21 percent tax increase. I can only imagine the hue and cry we would have if the income tax on every man in Illinois was raised another 21 percent so their pay matched women’s. Wait. I’ve got a better idea. Let’s increase women’s pay to be equal to men’s. What a concept.