Silicon Valley employers can’t ask your salary history, thanks to a new state law

California is set to become the latest—and by the far the largest—US state to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.

The law, which was signed last week and goes into effect in January, is intended to help close the gender pay gap, which is perpetuated when a woman’s pay is based on her previous low salary. California follows Massachusetts, Delaware, and Oregon in passing the law, as well as cities like New York City and Philadelphia.

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