SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To ensure that all workers receive fair wages, state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago, is urging Gov. Rauner to sign a measure into law that would prohibit an employer from inquiring about previous wages.
“Everyone deserves to make a fair wage, but too often employers pay minority workers less,” said Conyears-Ervin. “When an employer knows the former wage history of a potential employee, they may offer a wage based upon that former salary, even if current employees earn higher wages. This measure will help ensure that workers are receiving a salary based upon their qualifications.”
Conyears-Ervin supported House Bill 2462 in the General Assembly, and it is now awaiting the governor’s signature. The measure, which passed with bipartisan support, would prevent an employer from asking about previous earnings of a potential employee. The purpose of the measure is to reduce the wage gap, and ensure that all workers are receiving a salary based upon their qualifications. Conyears-Ervin wants to ensure that all employees receive equal opportunities when looking for work. She knows that the best way to ensure all workers receive fair pay is to eliminate ways that employers discriminate against employees.
“The wage gap is one of the biggest problems facing workers throughout the state,” said Conyears-Ervin. “Preventing employers from using biased approaches while hiring new workers is just one step that we can take to reduce the wage gap, and I will continue to fight to ensure that employees have access to fair wages.”
State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin represents Illinois’ 10th district. Her office can be reached by phone at 773-417-1020, by email at Rep@ConyearsErvin.com, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/repconyearservin.