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By Martha C. White
August 30, 2016
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., holds a news conference in the Cannon House Office Building on Monday, May 9, 2016, with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and a coalition of national organizations to discuss efforts "to protect D.C.'s local laws during the upcoming fiscal year 2017 appropriations process."
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Earlier this month, Massachusetts became the first state to prohibit employers from asking applicants about their salary history during the job interview process. Now, a trio of Congressional Representatives announced Tuesday that they plan to introduce a bill that would extend that same right to job-seekers across the country.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, delegate from Washington, D.C. (and also the first female chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), along with Rosa DeLauro and Jerrold Nadler, Democratic Representatives from Connecticut and New York, respectively, say they’ll introduce a bill when Congress returns from its summer recess that will prohibit employers from asking about salary history before they make a job offer or specifying a salary.

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“The bill seeks to eliminate the wage gap that women and people of color often encounter,” Holmes’ office said in a news release. “Because many employers set wages based on an applicant’s previous salary, workers from historically disadvantaged groups often start out behind their white male counterparts in salary negotiations and never catch up.”

In the meantime, experts suggest that job-seekers can wiggle around the question by stating a range of what they’d like to be paid, or telling the hiring manager your total compensation, including benefits — as long as you’re clear that this isn’t just your salary.