Requiring Transparency around Salary Ranges Reduces the Gender Wage Gap

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When an employer asks job applicants what their salary expectations are without providing applicants any information about the pay for the position, women lose out. Disclosing salary ranges levels the playing field in negotiations, and helps applicants and employees detect and remedy any unjustified pay disparities. Transparency around salary ranges also provides companies with an opportunity to proactively review and evaluate their compensation practices and address any unjustified disparities between employees. Given the research demonstrating the effectiveness of transparency measures at lessening discriminatory wage disparities, states are beginning to understand the importance of requiring transparency around salary ranges as a key tool in efforts to do away with the gender wage gap.

Published On: June 7, 2018Associated Issues: Equal Pay & the Wage GapMeasuring the Wage GapWorkplace