NWLC Applauds President Biden’s Executive Order Curbing the Use of Salary History in Pay Setting

(Washington, D.C.)  On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order that will require the federal government to determine how to limit or prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from using salary history to set pay or make employment decisions. The federal government will also take steps to limit or ban the use of salary history with respect to federal employees.

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, NWLC Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice:

“Pay discrimination shouldn’t be able to follow you from job to job through your career—but too often that’s exactly what happens when pay at a new job is based on your salary history. President Biden’s executive order creates an important path to a more equitable future by curbing the use of salary history in pay setting for federal employees and employees of federal contractors. States that have adopted these reforms have started closing race and gender wage gaps. Women—and especially women of color—have been shortchanged for too long. We applaud the Administration’s actions.”