Continuing the fight for equal pay

Illinois Capitol News
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ILLINOIS — One measure is in the works to help make sure women receive equal pay in the workplace.

A bill now heads to the Senate which would prevent employers from being able to ask about previous wage history when interviewing applicants.

While a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of it, some have issues with it. They argue, employers who hire sales representatives need to know what commission the employee made in the past.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R) says the state already has laws on the book to combat unequal pay.

The bill’s sponsor says not enough people are following the law. Representative Anna Moeller (D) says women consistently make 80-cents to every one-dollar earned by a man.

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