Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 2 others
This petition will be delivered to:
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States

Create the Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act

Support the Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act – Allow all job candidates to earn their true potential

About this Petition

• Wouldn’t you love to know the salary range of that job you just applied for?
• Do you worry that your salary history doesn’t match your true market potential?
• When seeking a position are you afraid of asking for a salary that’s too low or too high?
• Are you worried there may be some recent dings on your credit report that don’t really reflect your long-term credit worthiness?
• Are you graduating from college and feeling at a loss about negotiating your first salary?
• Would you like to level the playing field in salary negotiations with an employer?

If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions then we encourage you to sign this petition promoting the creation of the Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act.

The Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act will allow all individuals to enter a job application on a more level playing field by requiring the full salary range for any public or private sector job to be posted and available to all applicants.

The Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act:
• Requires inclusion of the pay range for all job postings for public and private sector jobs
• Removes the requirement for most candidates to be subject to a credit check
• Disallows a requirement for applicants to share salary history
• Prohibits past employers from sharing a previous employee’s salary history
• Allows employees within the same company to share salary information without fear of dismissal

We believe a job candidate should not have to forego a current market rate salary because of past salary decisions. This is especially true for female candidates who on average earn 81% of their male counterparts pay creating a persistent pay gap – a gap that can result in a loss of more than $500,000 over the course of a career.

Removing the credit check requirement for potential employees (other than those who are responsible for managing a company’s day to day finances, funds or other monetary affairs), gives equal footing to candidates who may have been un- or underemployed. We believe that those who could use the job the most should not be penalized for being a victim of the poor economy.

Allowing employees to share their salary information with others in their company, if they choose to do so, helps established employees, especially women, negotiate market rate salaries after employment.

The US government puts in place various safeguards to protect its citizens from unscrupulous business practices: vehicle price and gas mileage stickers, nutrition labels; store return policies; truth in lending statements, and privacy policies just to name a few. Heck, we even have the Freedom of Information Act to keep our government honest. Why then do the vast majority of job postings – the most important financial decision you must make - not include a salary range?

The Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act would let candidates know the salary range of a job before they decide to apply and then earn compensation based on their experience, accomplishments, and education. The Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act maintains the sanctity of the negotiation process, while also preserving the dignity of both the employee and the company. And, the implementation cost for a business is zero.

The Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act will enable all men and women to truly earn their potential and get equal pay for equal work. What are you waiting for? Help us take some of the stress out of the job search. Tell the United States Congress to create the Salary Disclosure to Promote Equality Act now.


Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: US Congress, President Obama and Labor Secretary Solis.

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As our nation struggles to come out of the Great Recession, and job creation initiatives begin to bear fruit, it is imperative that we provide all citizens of the United States with equal footing in one aspect of their job search – full salary range disclosure for all public and private sector jobs.

I urge you to draft and support legislation to create a Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act. Such an act should include the following important components:
• Require inclusion of the pay range for all job postings for public and private sector jobs
• Remove the requirement for most job candidates to be subject to a credit check
• Eliminate the requirement for applicants to share salary history
• Prohibit past employers from sharing a previous employee’s salary history
• Allow employees within the same company to share salary information without fear of dismissal (Also a component of the 2011 Fair Pay Act.)

By removing the salary history requirement you would enable individuals who may have been in a situation where they were under paid (e.g. under-employed, at a boot-strapped start-up, in a lower paying non-profit or government position, etc.) to be judged solely on their education and experience and the relevance and value of those skills to a potential employer. This is especially important for female candidates which on average earn 81% of their male counterparts pay leading to a persistent pay gap that can result in a loss of more than $500,000 over the course of a career.

Removing the credit check requirement for potential employees (other than those who are responsible for managing a company’s day to day finances, funds or other monetary affairs), gives equal footing to candidates who may have been unemployed for a long period of time. The global recession has forced many qualified individuals to spend significant amounts of time, un- or underemployed, which may have resulted in unfortunate marks on one’s credit report.

Lastly, allowing employees to share their salary information with others in their company, if they choose to do so, helps established employees, especially women, negotiate market rate salaries after employment.

Our government has a long history of creating safeguards to protect its citizens from unscrupulous business and government practices by requiring transparency (e.g. vehicle pricing/mileage, food labels, Freedom of Information Act, etc.). Why then do we allow individuals to remain at a disadvantage during the most important financial decision they must make – understanding and negotiating the terms of a new job salary?

Creation of a Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act would give both the candidate and the company fairness and dignity in the salary negotiation process. And for businesses, the implementation costs would be zero.

I urge you to draft and support a Salary Inclusion to Promote Equality Act that will enable all men and women to truly earn their potential and provide equal pay for equal work.


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Sincerely,