Consideration of Salary History


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the "Employer Consideration of Applicant’s Salary History" Ordinance on July 11, 2017, and the legislation was signed by Mayor Ed Lee on July 14, 2017. The Consideration of Salary History Ordinance,  also known as the Parity in Pay Ordinance, becomes operative on July 1, 2018. The Ordinance applies to employers in San Francisco and to the City and County of San Francisco's contractors and subcontractors. The Board of Supervisors passed this Ordinance to "ensure that an individual's prior earnings, which may reflect widespread, longstanding, gender-based wage disparities in the labor market, do not continue to weigh down a woman's salary throughout her career."


The Consideration of Salary History Ordinance bans employers, including City contractors and subcontractors, from considering current or past salary of an applicant in determining whether to hire an applicant or what salary to offer the applicant. The ordinance also prohibits employers from asking applicants about their current or past salary or disclosing a current or former employee’s salary history without that employee’s authorization unless the salary history is publicly available.

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