AUGUSTA — Lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that aims to address the pay gap between men and women by prohibiting employers from asking about a potential worker’s wage history before making a job offer. The House and Senate both voted to send the bill to Gov. Janet Mills’ desk on National Equal Pay Day, the symbolic date used to illustrate the ongoing pay disparity between men and women doing the same job. Mills, a Democrat who is Maine’s first female governor, plans to sign the bill into law, according to her office. Related Headlines Lawmakers consider bill to make gender discrimination unconstitutional in Maine Maine and federal laws already prohibit employers from paying a worker less than a similarly qualified colleague in the same position because of gender. But bill supporters on Tuesday said businesses can exacerbate gender-based pay inequality by asking about a new worker’s wage or salary history. “If the salary for her next job is based on her first job, the woman’s employer may – with or without intention – perpetuate the wage gap,” said Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, the lead sponsor of L.D. 278. “In fact, this disparity will follow women and compound the wage disparity… Read full this story
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