DON’T ASK ABOUT PRIOR SALARY WHEN HIRING

According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, employers across the country would be wise to discontinue asking potential new employees their prior wage. In Rizo v. Yovino, 887 F.3d 453 (9th Cir. 2018), the Court recently ruled that employers can no longer use an employee’s prior salary, alone or in combination with other factors, to justify payment of a lower wage when determining starting salary. To hold otherwise, the court concluded, would be contrary to the Equal Pay Act (EPA).