Close the Gender and Racial Pay Gap
Beginning January 1, 2024, employers should rely on an applicant’s skills, education, certifications, licenses, and other qualifications, as well as the job market, to set pay. This new law prohibits employers from asking about or considering an applicant’s past or current pay during the hiring process.
This new law will bring Minnesota one step closer to narrowing the gender and racial pay gap.
Women, people of color, and Indigenous people are persistently paid less than white men.
Using past pay to determine future pay contributes to and reinforces Minnesota’s pay disparities because when someone’s future pay is locked to their past pay, the cycle of unequal pay impacts them throughout their life.