DES PLAINES, Ill. – Legislation backed by state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, to prevent employers from asking about a job applicants previous wage history in an effort to help close the salary gap that often disadvantages women was recently signed into law.

“Equal work must be compensated equally and fairly,” Moylan said. “While important strides have been made to close the wage gap, more work remains to be done.”

The Moylan-sponsored House Bill 834 lessens the threshold employees must demonstrate to show equal pay violations and adds new prohibitions against employers seeking a job applicant’s current or prior salary history. The measure also increases the amount of money an aggrieved employee may receive for an equal pay violation.

“It’s easy for someone to be trapped into a cycle of lower pay because they were never compensated fairly,” Moylan said. “Thank you Governor J.B. Pritzker for signing this important piece of legislation to make sure this cannot happen.”


House Bill 834 was signed into law earlier this week. For more information about House Bill 834, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent office at 847-635-6821 or email

Rep. Marty MoylanRep. Marty Moylan

(D-Des Plaines)
55th District

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