Wage or salary history inquiries; prohibited, civil penalty. (SB447)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Wage or salary history inquiries prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits a prospective employer from (i) seeking the wage or salary history of a prospective employee; (ii) relying on the wage or salary history of a prospective employee in determining the wages or salary the prospective employee is to be paid upon hire; (iii) relying on the wage or salary history of a prospective employee in considering the prospective employee for employment; (iv) refusing to interview, hire, employ, or promote a prospective employee or otherwise retaliating against a prospective employee for not providing wage or salary history; and (v) failing or refusing to provide a prospective employee the wage or salary range for the position for which the prospective employee is applying prior to discussing compensation and at any time upon the prospective employee's request. The bill establishes a cause of action for an aggrieved prospective employee or employee and provides that an employer that violates such prohibitions is liable to the aggrieved prospective employee or employee for statutory damages between $1,000 and $10,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, reasonable attorney fees and costs, and any other legal and equitable relief as may be appropriate. The bill also provides for civil penalties for violations not to exceed $1,000 for a first violation, $2,000 for a second violation, and $4,000 for a third or subsequent violation. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2023. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104096D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2022Assigned C&L sub: Labor and Employment
01/31/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Printed as engrossed 22104096D-E
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/09/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB447E
02/10/2022Passed by for the day
02/11/2022Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB447E)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
02/23/2022Assigned sub: Subcommittee #2
02/24/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
03/08/2022Left in Commerce and Energy

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