Welter cheers further pay protections for women
Rep. David A Welter (R-Morris) joined a chorus of House members applauding the advancement of House Bill 2462.
The bill, which garnered 92 votes out of 116, is meant to expand guarantees of equal pay for equal work. The measure is seen as strengthening 2003's Equal Pay Act, which some argue did not go far enough in guaranteeing protections for all workers.
Under HB2462, employers cannot ask a potential employee's former or current employer for salary information, including benefits and other compensation. It also mandates that if a business pays differently for men and women doing the same work, it must explain the disparity.
"Despite the laws already on the books, too many people, especially women and minorities, are paid less for doing the same work as men," Welter said. “So today's vote was a step in the right direction to level the playing field and ensure for equal pay for equal work for all Illinoisans."