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To promote equal pay, Bertino-Tarrant calls for ban on asking salary histories

jbt 041118 2SPRINGFIELD – Equal pay for equal work passed the Illinois Senate with the help of State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is a chief cosponsor on House Bill 834, which addresses the salary gap in Illinois by prohibiting employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their past salary during the interview process.

 “In 2019, a worker should not receive a different wage based on any factor not directly related to their job performance,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is imperative that as a state, we promote policies that ensure pay equity across Illinois.”

Bertino-Tarrant worked with the sponsor to make the measure more business friendly.

The measure was supported by a number of groups including the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, National Association of Social Workers, Laborer’s International Union and the Illinois National Organization for Women along with other groups.

The legislation amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 to include language banning salary history questions during the hiring process.

“As other states appear to be moving backward on equal rights, Illinois will continue to move forward to ensure employees are receiving the same pay for the same work,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

House Bill 834 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and goes back to the House for a concurrence vote before heading to the governor’s desk for his approval.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Special Issues (ED) (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley