HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Lawmakers presented House Bill 6273 at a press conference Thursday in Hartford. The bill would require employers to disclose salary ranges on job postings.
Those in support argue this legislation would assist in closing the gender wage gap by leveling the playing field for women.
“This bill is so incredibly important because women will know going into that job interview, asking for that promotion they’ll know what the range is,” said state Sen. Julie Kushner (D- Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield). “You’ll know what your colleges are getting for the same work or comparable work, and that’s so critical to breaking the cycle that we’re in.”
The bill would eliminate current Connecticut law that eliminates the responsibility of applicants to request salary ranges.
According to the Pew Research Center, in 2022 women earned on average 82 percent of what men earned. This past Tuesday, March 14, was Equal Pay Day. The date symbolizes how far into 2023 women must work to earn what men earned in 2022.
“It’s a very real reminder that our work is far from over. It’s extremely enraging that on average women must work an additional three months, in order to catch up to the earnings their male counterparts made in the previous year,” said Nicole Sanclemente, the policy director for the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.
California, Colorado, and areas of New York state have passed similar legislation.
Republicans are questioning what this legislation would mean for businesses in Connecticut.