Wolf signs executive order to close gender pay gap among state workers

Tony Romeo
June 06, 2018 - 6:34 pm
Gov. Tom Wolf signs the executive order in his reception room.

Tony Romeo | KYW Newsradio


HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at closing the gender pay gap among state employees. 

Wolf’s executive order will — 90 days after its signing — end the practice of requiring salary histories for some of those applying for work in state agencies.

"This traps women in a cycle of being underpaid, causing them to disclose previous wages, which may have been significantly lower than they should have been," he said. "It just perpetuates the cycle. It also allows employers to hire them at a lower wage than they should have. This executive order aims to fix that problem."

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But the executive order does not apply to tens of thousands of state workers covered by union contracts, which the governor said currently compels agencies to ask for salary history. 

Wolf is also asking for the passage of legislation to eliminate the gender pay gap in Pennsylvania.